Dueling Surveys


Over the weekend, a Newsweek survey showed much more disapproval of the latest NSA scandal than was revealed by the Washington Post's insta-poll last week:

Has the Bush administration gone too far in expanding the powers of the President to fight terrorism? Yes, say a majority of Americans, following this week's revelation that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone records of U.S. citizens since the September 11 terrorist attacks. According to the latest NEWSWEEK poll, 53 percent of Americans think the NSA's surveillance program "goes too far in invading people's privacy," while 41 percent see it as a necessary tool to combat terrorism.

The same poll put the president's approval rating at 35 percent.