Americans Willing to Give Up Some Freedoms for Security Public fine with surveillance cameras, not fine with email snooping By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Sep 6, 2011 9:21 AM CDT 28 comments Comments 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.