Americans Willing to Give Up Some Freedoms for Security
Public fine with surveillance cameras, not fine with email snooping
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2011 9:21 AM CDT
This photo taken June 29, 2011, shows a security camera at Portland's reservoir No. 6 in Mount Tabor Park in Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(Newser) – Americans are willing to give up some privacy and freedoms for security—but not others. A new AP poll has charted just which freedoms Americans are partial to. For example:

  • 71% are OK with surveillance cameras in public places
  • 58% are fine with full-body scans and pat-downs at the airport
  • 47% favor a national ID card
  • 35% approve of ethnic or racial profiling at the airport
  • 30% support monitoring emails without a warrant
  • 25% back eavesdropping on domestic phone calls without a warrant

Americans are, however, a lot more forgiving when it comes to spying on foreigners—47% are OK with snooping on emails between people outside the US, for example. It should be noted, however, that 46% of the AP’s respondents said that, if forced to choose, they’d pick security from terrorists over their rights—a far cry from the 25% willing to do so in last week’s Gallup poll.

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Dr.Gonzo
Sep 7, 2011 8:56 AM CDT
BS poll to make others more comfortable with the freedoms we have and certaintly will lose shortly. Wonder when the next "attack" will happen, so they can implement a new plan to spy on us based on an illusion of safety. 1984 was a prophetic message.
Chitrix
Sep 7, 2011 5:36 AM CDT
"71% are OK with surveillance cameras in public places, 58% are fine with full-body scans" BullChit Why is it that none of theses so called "Polls" have ever questioned me or anyone I know? There is a township near me which has cameras EVERYWHERE and I avoid it at all costs Cops sit in the Central heat and air watching videos to cherry pick which "crimes" they will go after As per full body scans? To many reports of how the guys at the airports are misusing every tool they have Besides, I am sick and tired of living in fear I have a level 5 dislike of all things such as this, I passed up code red long ago Whoever they polled were and are total idiots
Rational.-Anarchist
Sep 6, 2011 4:38 PM CDT
survey says---- 49% are total idiots.