By Matt Vasilogambros
Updated: July 10, 2013 | 9:33 a.m.
July 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
In the aftermath of the Edward Snowden NSA surveillance leaks, American attitudes towards U.S. counterterrorism efforts have drastically shifted.
You didn’t need a poll to confirm this, but a new Quinnipiac poll still shows a staggering swing in the aftermath of the leaks that outlined the widespread reach of U.S. surveillance programs.
Of those surveyed, 45 percent said these efforts go too far and restrict civil liberties, while 40 percent think more should be done. When the same question was asked to voters in a Jan. 10, 2010, poll, 63 percent of those surveyed thought that surveillance programs didn’t go far enough.
It seems that the more that Americans realize the level in which the federal government is spying, with an increased number of stories and relevations, the more concerned they feel about those programs.
There is a bit of a difference between male and female voters when asked this question, however. While 54 percent of men think the U.S. has gone too far, just 36 percent of women think the so. On the political spectrum, Democrats and Republicans seem evenly divided on the issue, while independent voters think the U.S. has gone too far by a 49 percent to 36 percent margin.
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