Poll: 78% Now OK With More Surveillance Cameras
Public strongly approves of how Boston bombings were handled
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 3:52 AM CDT
A surveillance camera is seen across the street from a Cabrini Green Housing Project building in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

(Newser) – Public opinion is firmly behind having more surveillance cameras in public places in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a new CBS/New York Times poll. Some 78% of people called the cameras—which helped identify the suspects—a good idea, and only 20% said the government had gone too far in restricting civil liberties to fight terrorism, the poll found. "There are cameras in stores and supermarkets," one respondent, a saleswoman in Florida, said in a follow-up interview. "Our families would be safer and surveillance cameras would provide evidence to help agencies pursue people, like they just did in Boston."

The poll found that 66% of Americans believe another terrorist attack is at least somewhat likely in the next few months, up from just 37% at this time last year, according to the poll, which also found that the public gave law enforcement agencies high marks for their handling of the bombings. Some 84% approved of how law enforcement dealt with the attacks, and 68%—including 47% of Republicans—approved of President Obama's response.

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May 5, 2013 8:36 AM CDT
There are far too many cameras watching our every move already, and the is no real evidence that they are any deterrent to crimes. Will it make everyone happy when the government installs a few in your house, just to "protect" you in case someone breaks in?
May 1, 2013 3:07 PM CDT
78% of folks who are so bored with their lives that they respond to polls by answering their landline rotary phones during suppertime are completely moronic sheeple.
May 1, 2013 1:48 PM CDT
So a million cameras get installed all over the country at a cost of a billion bucks, just so one terrorist incident might be solved a little quicker. Sounds like the terrorists won.