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Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 10-11, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In general, do you think Americans are safer from terrorism today than they were before the attacks of September 11, 2001, or not?"

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Safer Not Safer Unsure  
% % %  

8/10-11/06

50 47 3  

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"Now thinking specifically about air safety: Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, do you think flying on commercial airlines in the United States has become safer, less safe, or has stayed about the same?"

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Safer Less Safe Same Unsure
% % % %

8/10-11/06

45 10 41 4

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"Would you be willing to support a major increase in the cost of airline tickets to pay for additional security at airports and on planes to prevent terrorism, or not?"

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Would Would Not Unsure  
% % %  

8/10-11/06

52 40 8  

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"To better prevent terrorists from putting a bomb on a plane, certain changes have been proposed that may inconvenience commercial airline passengers. To improve security on commercial airlines, please tell me if you would definitely favor, probably favor, or oppose each of the following. What about [see below]?"

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Definitely
Favor
Probably
Favor
Oppose Unsure
% % % %

"Reducing the number and size of carry-on baggage passengers can bring onto the plane"

   8/10-11/06

53 28 16 3

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"Not allowing passengers to bring liquids of any kind on the plane"

   8/10-11/06

45 24 27 4

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"Not allowing ANY carry-on baggage on commercial flights"

   8/10-11/06

26 18 54 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 28-30, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now thinking specifically about Muslims, do you think each of the following applies or does not apply to Muslims living in the U.S.? How about, they are [see below]?"

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Applies Does Not
Apply
Unsure    
% % %  

"Loyal to the United States"

   7/28-30/06

49 39 12  

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"Sympathetic to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization"

   7/28-30/06

34 50 16  

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"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose each of the following as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. How about [see below]?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %  

"Requiring Muslims, including those who are U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID"

   7/28-30/06

39 59 2  

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"Requiring Muslims, including those who are U.S. citizens, to undergo special, more intensive security checks before boarding airplanes in the U.S."

   7/28-30/06

41 57 2  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 11-12, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you think would do a better job on each of the following issues? Terrorism." Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Equal (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
7/11-12/06 30 42 15 13  
2/7-8/06 31 45 10 14  
2/18-19/04 29 52 8 11  
5/20-21/03 19 53 14 14  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 22-25, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.

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"Do you support or oppose the federal government holding suspected terrorists without trial at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?"

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    Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
6/22-25/06 57 37 5
9/4-7/03 65 28 7

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"Some people say these prisoners should be given prisoner-of-war rights or charged with a crime so they can defend themselves at a trial. Others say P.O.W. status or criminal law don't apply to suspected terrorists because of the risk if they were released. What's your opinion? Do you think the prisoners at Guantanamo should be given P.O.W. status or charged with a crime, or should be held without charges indefinitely?" Options rotated

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    P.O.W. Status/
Charged
Held Without
Charges
Unsure
% % %
6/22-25/06 71 25 4

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"How confident are you that the United States is adequately protecting the rights of prisoners being held at Guantanamo: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?"

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    Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not Confident
at All
Unsure
% % % % %
6/22-25/06 21 45 17 14 2

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"Do you think holding prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison has or has not damaged the United States' image in the rest of the world?" Half sample

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    Has Has Not Unsure
% % %
6/22-25/06 62 35 3

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"Do you think holding prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison has or has not made the United States safer from terrorism?" Half sample

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    Has Has Not Unsure
% % %
6/22-25/06 51 45 4

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 16-18, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As part of a larger program to detect possible terrorist activity, do you support or oppose the National Security Agency collecting data on domestic phone calls and looking at calling patterns of Americans without listening in on or recording the calls?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-18/06 52 41 6    

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"Do think the NSA program to collect phone call records and analyze calling patterns of Americans without listening in on conversations is more likely to help catch terrorists and protect Americans from additional attacks, or to hurt law-abiding Americans by using private information improperly?"

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Help Hurt Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-18/06 49 40 11    

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"In investigations of possible terrorist activity, do you believe the government is doing a good job or a bad job protecting the privacy of ordinary Americans?"

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Good Job Bad Job Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-18/06 49 38 13    

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"Do you personally think the government is listening to your phone conversations?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-18/06 30 56 14    

 

CBS News Poll. May 16-17, 2006. N=636 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (for all adults).

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"In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, would you be willing or not willing to allow government agencies to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of ordinary Americans on a regular basis?"

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Willing

Not Willing

Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-17/06 30 68 2    
1/20-25/06 28 70 2    
1/5-8/06 28 68 4    

4/13-16/05

29 66 5    

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"In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, would you be willing or not willing to allow government agencies to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of Americans that the government is suspicious of?"

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Willing

Not Willing

Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-17/06 69 26 5    
1/20-25/06 68 29 3    
1/5-8/06 69 26 5    

4/13-16/05

56 39 5    

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"As you may know, it has been reported that since 9/11 the government has been collecting records of millions of phone calls made in the United States from U.S. telephone companies in order to examine calling patterns that it says could help reduce the threat of terrorism. How much have you heard or read about this: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing  
% % % %  
5/16-17/06 25 39 24 12  

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the government collecting the phone call records of people in the U.S. in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?"

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Approve

Disapprove

Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-17/06 51 44 5    

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"Do you think collecting the records of phone calls made in the United States will or will not be effective in reducing the threat of terrorism?"

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Will

Will Not

Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-17/06 46 43 11    

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"Not all major telephone companies have agreed to share this information with the government. Do you think phone companies should share information about the calling patterns of their customers with the government, or is that an invasion of privacy?"

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Should
Share

Invasion of
Privacy

Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-17/06 32 60 8    

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"Do you think credit card companies should share information about the buying patterns of their customers with the government, or is that an invasion of privacy?"

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Should
Share

Invasion of
Privacy

Unsure    
% % %    
5/16-17/06 25 70 5    

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"How concerned are you, personally, that the government might have your own phone call records? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

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Very
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Not Very
Concerned

Not at All
Concerned

Unsure
% % % % %
5/16-17/06 8 17 21 53 1

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. May 16-17, 2006. N=1,022 adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, the Bush Administration has reportedly been wiretapping telephone conversations between U.S. citizens living in the United States and suspected terrorists living in other countries without getting a court order allowing it to do so. Do you think the Bush Administration was right or wrong in wiretapping these conversations without obtaining a court order?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Right Wrong Unsure    
% % %    

5/16-17/06

44 50 6    

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"As you may know, for the past few years the Bush Administration has reportedly been gathering and analyzing information on the phone calls of most Americans in an attempt to locate suspected terrorists. The government says it has analyzed the phone numbers that were called but has not listened to those calls. Do you think the Bush Administration was right or wrong in gathering and analyzing these phone records?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Right Wrong Unsure    
% % %    

5/16-17/06

54 39 7    

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"Now think about telephone conversations between U.S. citizens living in this country who are not suspected of terrorism. How likely is it that the federal government has wiretapped those conversations without a court order: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not Likely
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

5/16-17/06

39 24 15 14 8

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"Just your best guess, how likely is it that the federal government has ever wiretapped any of your telephone conversations: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

5/16-17/06

9 17 24 42 7

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 12-13, 2006. N=809 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (for all adults).

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"First, thinking about how the government is dealing with the issue of terrorism: Do you think the Bush Administration has gone too far, has been about right, or has not gone far enough in restricting people's civil liberties in order to fight terrorism?" Options rotated

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Too Far About Right Not Far
Enough
Unsure  
% % % %
5/12-13/06 41 34 19 6
1/6-8/06 38 40 19 3
6/21-23/02 11 60 25 4

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"As you may know, as part of its efforts to investigate terrorism, a federal government agency obtained records from three of the largest U.S. telephone companies in order to create a database of billions of telephone numbers dialed by Americans. How closely have you been following the news about this: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All  
% % % %
5/12-13/06 28 39 20 12

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"Based on what you have heard or read about this program to collect phone records, would you say you approve or disapprove of this government program?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %
5/12-13/06 43 51 6

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Asked of those who approve of program (N=349, MoE 6):
"Is that mainly because you do not think the program seriously violates Americans' civil liberties, or is it mainly because you think investigating terrorism is the more important goal, even if it violates some Americans' civil liberties?" Options rotated

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No Serious
Violation of
Liberties
Investigating
Is More
Important
Unsure    
% % %
5/12-13/06 27 69 4

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Asked of those who DISapprove of program (N=411, MoE 5):
"Do you think there would ever be circumstances in which it would be right for the government to create a database of telephone records, or would it not be right for the government to do this under any circumstances?"

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Sometimes
Right
Never Right Unsure    
% % %
5/12-13/06 34 60 6

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"Based on what you have heard or read about this program, do you think it definitely violates the law, probably violates the law, probably does not violate the law, or definitely does not violate the law?" Options rotated

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Definitely
Violates
Probably
Violates
Probably Does
Not Violate
Definitely Does
Not Violate
Unsure
% % % % %
5/12-13/06 22 32 25 14 8

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"If you knew that the federal government had your telephone records, how concerned would you be: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not Concerned
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
5/12-13/06 22 13 20 44 1

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"If you knew that your telephone company had provided your telephone records to the federal government as part of this program, would you feel that your personal privacy had been violated, or not?"

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Violated Not Violated Unsure    
% % %
5/12-13/06 57 42 1

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"Would you favor or oppose holding immediate congressional hearings to investigate this program?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %
5/12-13/06 62 34 4

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"Next, how concerned are you that, based on this program, the government would misidentify innocent Americans as possible terrorist suspects: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not Concerned
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
5/12-13/06 36 29 21 14 1

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"How concerned are you that, based on this program, the government would listen in on telephone conversations within the U.S. without first obtaining a warrant: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not Concerned
At all
Unsure
% % % % %
5/12-13/06 41 22 17 19 1

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"How concerned are you that the government is gathering other information on the general public, such as their bank records or Internet usage: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not Concerned
At all
Unsure
% % % % %
5/12-13/06 45 22 15 17 1

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"Finally, thinking about the news media: Do you think the news media should or should not report information it obtains about the secret methods the government is using to fight terrorism?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %
5/12-13/06 47 49 3

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 11-12, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"As you may know, there are reports that the NSA, a government intelligence agency, has been collecting the phone call records of Americans. The agency doesn't actually listen to the calls but logs in nearly every phone number to create a database of calls made within the United States. Which of the following comes CLOSER to your own view of this domestic surveillance program? It is a necessary tool to combat terrorism. It goes too far in invading people's privacy."

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Necessary
Tool
Goes Too Far Unsure  
% % %  
ALL adults 41 53 6  
  Republicans 69 26 5  
  Democrats 21 73 6  
  Independents 41 56 3  

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"In light of this news and other executive actions by the Bush-Cheney Administration, in general, do you think they have gone too far in expanding presidential power, or not?"

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Have
Gone Too Far
Have Not
Gone Too Far
Unsure  
% % %  
ALL adults 57 38 5  
  Republicans 25 73 2  
  Democrats 81 14 5  
  Independents 61 35 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 11, 2006. N=502 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5. Fieldwork by TNS.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling protecting Americans' privacy rights as the government investigates terrorism?"

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    Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
5/11/06 51 47 2

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"As it conducts the war on terrorism, do you think the United States government is or is not doing enough to protect the rights of American citizens?"

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  Is Is Not Doing Too
Much (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
5/11/06 53 45 - 1
3/2-5/06 46 51 1 2

6/2-5/05

50 46 1 2

9/4-7/03

69 28 - 3

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"It's been reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans. It then analyzes calling patterns in an effort to identify possible terrorism suspects, without listening to or recording the conversations. Would you consider this an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"

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    Acceptable Unaccep-
table
Unsure
% % %
5/11/06 63 35 2

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"If you found out that the NSA had a record of phone numbers that you yourself have called, would that bother you, or not?" If "Yes": "Would it bother you a lot, or just somewhat?"

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    YES:
A Lot
YES:
Somewhat
No
% % %
5/11/06 24 10 66

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"Do you think it is right or wrong for the news media to have disclosed this secret government program?"

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    Right Wrong Unsure
% % %
5/11/06 56 42 1

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 8-11, 2006. N=1,357 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which party do you think can do a better job of handling national security and the war on terrorism?"

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Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
4/8-11/06 29 39 7 13 12

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"As you may know, George W. Bush authorized federal government agencies to use electronic surveillance to monitor phone calls and e-mails within the United States without first getting a court warrant to do so. Do you consider this an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"

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Acceptable Unaccept-
able
Unsure
% % %

4/8-11/06

48 47 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 10-12, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems? How about terrorism?"

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Republicans Democrats No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
3/10-12/06 45 41 7 7  
10/21-23/05 49 38 9 4  
7/18-20/03 55 29 10 6  
1/3-5/03 55 27 13 5  
10/21-22/02 52 23 14 11  
9/20-22/02 56 27 10 7  
6/28-30/02 57 22 13 8  
5/28-29/02 51 19 19 11  

 

CBS News Poll. March 9-12, 2006. N=1,136 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Which of these comes closest to your opinion about companies from other countries operating U.S. shipping ports? (1) It is okay if the country is an ally of the U.S. OR, (2) It is never okay, even if the country is an ally of the U.S. OR, (3) It depends on the country."

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Okay if Ally

Never Okay

Depends

Unsure  
% % % %  
3/9-12/06 17 42 36 5  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 2-5, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.

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"As you may know, starting in 2001 the FBI was given additional authority in areas like surveillance, wiretaps and obtaining records in terrorism investigations. Supporters said this was necessary to fight terrorism. Opponents said it went too far in compromising privacy rights. Do you think this additional FBI authority should or should not be continued?"

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    Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
3/2-5/06 62 37 1

6/2-5/05

59 39 2

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"As you may know, the National Security Agency has been investigating people suspected of involvement with terrorism by secretly listening in on telephone calls and reading e-mails between some people in the United States and other countries, without first getting court approval to do so. Would you consider this wiretapping of telephone calls and e-mails without court approval as an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"

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    Acceptable Unaccep-
table
Unsure
% % %
3/2-5/06 54 46 -
1/23-26/06 56 43 1

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"As you may know, a company owned by the government of a nation called the United Arab Emirates is in a merger deal that will give it management of six U.S. ports. Do you think this company should or should not be allowed to manage these ports?"

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    Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
3/2-5/06 23 70 7

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Asked of those who think this company should NOT manage the ports:
"Do you feel that way mainly because you don't think any foreign company should manage a U.S. port, or mainly because you don't think a company owned by the United Arab Emirates should manage a U.S. port?" Options rotated

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No Foreign
Company
No U.A.E.
Company
Other (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %
3/2-5/06 71 24 4 1

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"Do you think elected officials who have been criticizing the Dubai Ports World takeover of the management of some U.S. port operations mainly are concerned about national security, or mainly want to use the issue for political advantage?" Options rotated

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    National
Security
Politics Both Equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
3/2-5/06 37 49 8 1 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 28-March 1, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which party do you trust to do a better job protecting the country from terrorism: Democrats or Republicans?" Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Same (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
2/28 - 3/1/06 33 38 10 12 7
1/10-11/06 30 43 11 9 7

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"Do you think the United Arab Emirates is a strong ally of the United States in the war against terrorism or not?"

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Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    
2/28 - 3/1/06 27 49 24    

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"As you may know, there has been some public debate about a United Arab Emirates-owned company called Dubai Ports World taking over commercial management of some U.S. ports. From what you've heard and read, do you support or oppose allowing a United Arab Emirates company to manage operations at some U.S. ports?"

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Support Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
2/28 - 3/1/06 17 69 6 7  

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"How concerned are you that having a United Arab Emirates-owned company manage port operations will jeopardize the security of the United States . . . ?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %
2/28 - 3/1/06 47 30 12 7 5

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"Critics of the port deal point out that some of the 9/11 hijackers were citizens of the United Arab Emirates and say it is too risky to allow the country to manage U.S. ports. Proponents say since 9/11, the United Arab Emirates has proven itself to be a strong U.S. ally in the war against terrorism, and it is important to maintain a good relationship with the country. Who do you agree with more?" Options rotated

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Too Risky U.A.E. a
Strong Ally
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
2/28 - 3/1/06 58 24 10 8  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 28-March 1, 2006. N=1,020 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats: the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?" Options rotated

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Republican Democratic No Difference (vol.)/Unsure    
% % %  

2/28 - 3/1/06

45 40 16  

9/12-15/05

48 37 15  
9/8-10/03 51 36 13  
9/5-8/02 50 31 19  

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"How closely have you been following the news about the proposed sale of cargo operations at several major U.S. seaports to a company from the United Arab Emirates: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All  
% % % %

2/28 - 3/1/06

36 37 14 12

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"Do you favor or oppose this proposed sale?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %  

2/28 - 3/1/06

17 66 17  

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"If this proposed sale went through, do you think it would create a major threat to U.S. security, a minor threat, or no threat at all?"

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Major Threat Minor Threat No Threat Unsure  
% % % %

2/28 - 3/1/06

39 36 16 9

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"Just your best guess: Do you think the proposed sale of U.S. seaport operations to the United Arab Emirates company is controversial mainly because of discrimination against Arabs, or mainly because it is a deal that is not in the best interest of the United States?" Options rotated

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Discrimi-
nation
Not in Best
Interest
Unsure    
% % %  

2/28 - 3/1/06

22 69 9  

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"Which comes closer to your view about Arab and Muslim countries that are allies of the United States: the U.S. should trust them the same as any other ally, or the U.S. should trust them less than its other allies?" Options rotated

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Same Less Unsure    
% % %  

2/28 - 3/1/06

45 51 5  

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"How easy would it be for a terrorist organization to bring weapons into the United States through [see below]: very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult, or very difficult?" N=493, MoE 5 (Form A)

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Very
Easy
Somewhat
Easy
Somewhat
Difficult
Very
Difficult
Unsure
% % % % %

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"Border crossings between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico"

  2/28 - 3/1/06

49 29 14 6 1

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"U.S. seaports"

  2/28 - 3/1/06

43 29 19 6 3

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"U.S. airports"

  2/28 - 3/1/06

19 26 35 20 1

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"Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, do you think that security at [see below] has gotten better, has stayed about the same, or has gotten worse?" N=527, MoE 5 (Form B)

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Better Same Worse Unsure  
% % % %  

"U.S. airports"

  2/28 - 3/1/06

67 23 7 4  

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"Border crossings between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico"

  2/28 - 3/1/06

30 43 20 7  

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"U.S. seaports"

  2/28 - 3/1/06

29 45 9 17  

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Feb. 25-March 1, 2006. N=1,273 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Now turning your attention to an issue in the news. As you may know, a Dubai state-owned company in the United Arab Emirates has made a deal to buy a British company that supervises port shipping operations in some major cities in the U.S. Opponents of the deal say that the September 11th hijackers used Dubai as a transit point, and they say that the security of U.S. ports could be weakened if a Dubai company was in charge of operations there. Supporters of the deal point out that the United States Coast Guard and Customs would continue to handle port security and that Dubai is a strong ally in the U.S. war on terror. How about you? Do you support or oppose allowing the Dubai-based company to oversee shipping operations at U.S. ports, or haven't you heard enough about that yet to say?" Options rotated

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Support Oppose Haven't
Heard
Enough
Unsure
% % % %

ALL adults

17 58 18 7

  Democrats

7 68 20 5

  Independents

16 60 15 9

  Republicans

29 49 14 8

 

Cook Political Report/RT Strategies Poll. Feb. 23-26, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1 (for all adults).

.

"Here is something that has been in the news recently. An Arab-government owned company has been cleared by the U.S. government to run major shipping operations at six major seaports here in the United States. Some believe that this proposal could lead to a potential security threat at these U.S. ports, while President Bush disagrees. Bush says the government has carefully made this decision and there is no security threat. Do you think Congress should take special action to block the government's decision, or we should trust President Bush and his Administration in their decision?"

.

Congress
Should Block
Trust Bush
Administration
Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 61 27 12    
  Republicans 32 54 14    
  Independents 67 23 11    
  Democrats 81 9 10    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 22-26, 2006. N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

.

"As you may know, the Bush Administration has agreed to let a company from the United Arab Emirates run six shipping ports in the U.S., including ports in New York and New Orleans, that are now being run by a British company. Critics of the plan say that allowing a company from an Arab country to operate U.S. shipping ports is dangerous to national security. The Bush Administration says security will be protected by the U.S. and that the United Arab Emirates is a U.S. ally. Do you think the U.S. should or should not let a United Arab Emirates company operate U.S. shipping ports?"

.

Should

Should Not

Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 21 70 9    
  Republicans 31 58 11    
  Democrats 13 78 9    
  Independents 21 71 8    

.

"How concerned are you about losing some of your civil liberties as a result of the measures enacted by the Bush Administration to fight terrorism? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Not Very
Concerned

Not at All
Concerned

Unsure
% % % % %

2/22-26/06

33 31 18 16 2
1/20-25/06 34 30 17 18 1
1/5-8/06 29 33 22 16 0

.

"After 9/11, President Bush authorized government wiretaps on some phone calls in the U.S. without getting court warrants, saying this was necessary in order to reduce the threat of terrorism. Do you approve or disapprove of the President doing this?" N=517 (Form C)

.

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 51 47 2    
  Republicans 83 16 1    
  Democrats 33 63 4    
  Independents 42 57 1    

.

Trend:

2/22-26/06

53 46 1    
1/5-8/06 49 48 3    

.

"After 9/11, George W. Bush authorized government wiretaps on some phone calls in the U.S. without getting court warrants. Do you approve or disapprove of George W. Bush doing this?" N=501 (Form D)

.

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure    
% % %    

2/22-26/06

46 50 4    
1/20-25/06 46 50 4    

.

"Regardless of whether you approve of the President authorizing the wiretaps, do you think the President has the legal authority to authorize wiretaps without a court warrant, or doesn't he?" N=515 (Form E)

.

Has

Doesn't
Have

Unsure    
% % %    

2/22-26/06

41 52 7    

.

"Regardless of whether you approve of the President authorizing the wiretaps, do you think the President has the legal authority to authorize wiretaps without a court warrant in order to fight terrorism, or doesn't he?" N=503 (Form F)

.

Has

Doesn't
Have

Unsure    
% % %    

2/22-26/06

43 51 6    

.

"In general, how much confidence do you have that government agencies are able to correctly tell whose phone calls and e-mails should be monitored and whose should not? Do you have a great deal of confidence, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

A Great Deal

A Fair
Amount

Not Very
Much

None at All

Unsure
% % % % %

2/22-26/06

11 40 31 16 2
1/20-25/06 10 48 28 13 1
1/5-8/06 10 45 30 13 2

 

Harris Poll. Feb. 7-14, 2006. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Here are some increased powers of investigation that law enforcement agencies might use when dealing with people suspected of terrorist activity, which would also affect our civil liberties. For each, please say if you would favor or oppose it. . . ."

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

.

"Stronger document and physical security checks for travelers"
  2/7-14/06 84 15 1
  6/7-12/05 81 17 2
  9/19-24/01 93 6 1

.

"Expanded under-cover activities to penetrate groups under suspicion"
  2/7-14/06 82 17 1
  6/7-12/05 76 20 4
  9/19-24/01 93 5 1

.

"Closer monitoring of banking and credit card transactions, to trace funding sources"
  2/7-14/06 66 33 1
  6/7-12/05 62 35 3
  9/19-24/01 81 17 2

.

"Expanded camera surveillance on streets and in public places"
  2/7-14/06 67 32 1
  6/7-12/05 59 40 1
  9/19-24/01 63 35 2

.

"Adoption of a national I.D. system for all U.S. citizens"
  2/7-14/06 64 34 2
  6/7-12/05 61 34 5
  9/19-24/01 68 28 4

.

"Law enforcement monitoring of Internet discussions in chat rooms and other forums"
  2/7-14/06 60 39 1
  6/7-12/05 57 40 4
  9/19-24/01 63 32 5

.

"Expanded government monitoring of cell phones and e-mail, to intercept communications"
  2/7-14/06 44 55 1
  6/7-12/05 37 60 3
  9/19-24/01 54 41 4

.

"Now, here are some concerns that people might have about the way these increased powers might be used by law enforcement. Would you say you have high concern, moderate concern, not much concern, or no concern at all about each of the following possibilities? . . ."

.

High
Concern
Moderate
Concern
Not Much
Concern
No Concern
At All

Unsure

% % % %

%

.

"Congress would not include adequate safeguards for civil liberties when authorizing these increased powers"

  2/7-14/06 35 40 15 9 -
  6/7-12/05 38 37 14 8 2
  9/19-24/01 39 39 12 8 2

.

"Judges who authorize investigations would not look closely enough at the justification of that surveillance"

  2/7-14/06 34 42 16 8 -
  6/7-12/05 37 38 16 7 2
  9/19-24/01 44 35 11 7 2

.

"The White House would not issue the proper rules for legal due process for government surveillance programs"

  2/7-14/06 41 34 16 8 1
  6/7-12/05 36 36 14 10 4

 

"Law enforcement would investigate legitimate political and social groups"

  2/7-14/06 28 40 20 11 1
  6/7-12/05 29 39 20 11 2
  9/19-24/01 32 36 16 15 1

.

"Overall, thinking about the possibility of terrorist threats, do you feel that U.S. law enforcement is using its expanded surveillance powers in a proper way, or not?"

.

Proper Not Proper Unsure
% % %
2/7-14/06 57 40 3
6/7-12/05 57 34 8

 

"How much do you feel government anti-terrorist programs have taken your own personal privacy away since September 11, 2001 . . . ?"

.

A Great Deal Quite a lot A Moderate
Amount
Only a Little

None at All

% % % %

%

2/7-14/06 7 7 23 28 35
6/7-12/05 10 7 24 25 32

 

Harris Poll. Feb. 7-14, 2006. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How would you rate the job that the Bush Administration has done preventing a terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"

.

Excellent Pretty good Only fair Poor

Unsure

% % % %

%

2/7-14/06 25 27 29 19 -
6/7-12/05 23 34 23 18 1
9/04 29 33 22 15 1
2/04 33 37 20 10 1

 

"How likely do you think it is that there will be a major terrorist attack in this country in the next twelve months . . . ?"

.

Very likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not Likely
At All

Unsure

% % % %

%

2/7-14/06 17 49 23 10 1
6/7-12/05 15 40 31 12 2
9/04 17 50 20 8 5

 

"How familiar are you with the National Security Administration's program of monitoring telephone calls and e-mails between people in the U.S. suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations . . . ?"

.

Very
Familiar
Somewhat
Familiar
Not Very
Familiar
Not Familiar
At All

 

% % % %

 

2/7-14/06 13 40 24 24

 

 

"President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to use wiretaps on U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism on their overseas calls, without court authorization. Do you think that in circumstances like this the president is often justified, sometimes justified, rarely justified or never justified in authorizing wiretaps on U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism on overseas calls without court authorization?"

.

Often
Justified
Sometimes
Justified
Rarely
Justified
Never
Justified

Unsure

% % % %

%

2/7-14/06 43 25 13 18 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-12, 2006. Nationwide.

.

"Just your best guess -- How likely is it that the federal government has ever wiretapped any of your telephone conversations: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?" N=1,000, MoE 3

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not At All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %
2/9-12/06 8 13 24 52 3

.

"As you may know, the Bush Administration has been wiretapping telephone conversations between U.S. citizens living in the United States and suspected terrorists living in other countries without getting a court order allowing it to do so. How closely have you been following the news about this: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?" N=1,000, MoE 3

.

Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
2/9-12/06 32 41 18 8 -

1/20-22/06

31 38 17 12 1
1/6-8/06 29 46 16 9 -

.

"Do you think the Bush Administration was right or wrong in wiretapping these conversations without obtaining a court order?" N=492, MoE 5 (Form A)

.

  Right Wrong Unsure    
% % %

2/9-12/06

47 50 3

1/20-22/06

46 51 3
1/6-8/06 50 46 4

.

"Based on what you have heard or read, do you think George W. Bush definitely broke the law, probably broke the law, probably did not break the law, or definitely did not break the law?" N=508, MoE 5 (Form B)

.

Definitely
Broke
Probably
Broke
Probably
Didn't Break
Definitely
Didn't Break
Unsure
% % % % %
2/9-12/06 23 26 24 23 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 7-8, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3 (for all registered voters).

.

"Do you think the president should or should not have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

ALL reg. voters

54 40 6    

   Democrats

35 57 9    

   Republicans

79 15 6    

   Independents

49 48 3    

.

Trend: 

1/10-11/06

58 36 6    

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Feb. 6-8, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"Should the Bush Administration be required to get a warrant from a judge before monitoring phone and Internet communications between American citizens in the United States and suspected terrorists, or should the government be allowed to monitor such communications without a warrant?"

.

Required To
Get
Warrant
Monitor
Without a
Warrant
Unsure    
% % %    
2/6-8/06 50 48 2    
1/3-5/06 56 42 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 26-29, 2006. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"How worried are you that the United States will experience another major terrorist attack: very worried, fairly worried, only slightly worried, or not really worried at all?"

.

Very
Worried
Fairly
Worried
Only Slightly
Worried
Not Really
Worried at All
Unsure
% % % % %
1/26-29/06 25 23 35 17 -
7/8-11/05 31 27 29 12 1
1/02 30 29 26 14 1

.

"As you may know, since 2002, the Bush Administration has been using wiretaps to listen to telephone calls between suspected terrorists in other countries and American citizens in the United States without getting a court order to do so. Do you approve or disapprove of the Bush Administration's approach on this issue?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
1/26-29/06 51 46 3

.

"Do you think that the Bush Administration should conduct wiretaps of American citizens who are suspected of having ties to terrorists without a court order, or do you think that the Bush Administration should be required to get a court order before conducting these wiretaps?"

.

Without a
Court Order
With a
Court Order
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
1/26-29/06 41 53 4 2

.

"How concerned are you that the Bush Administration's use of these kinds of wiretaps could be misused to violate people's privacy: extremely concerned, quite concerned, not really concerned, or not concerned at all?"

.

Extremely
Concerned
Quite
Concerned
Not Really
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %
1/26-29/06 31 25 22 21 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 20-25, 2006. N=1,229 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"As you may know, President Bush has recently said that he authorized government wiretaps on some phone calls in the U.S. without getting court warrants. How closely would you say you have been following news about this: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

.

Very
Closely

Somewhat
Closely

Not Too
Closely

None At All

Unsure
% % % % %
1/20-25/06 22 45 20 12 1

.

"In general, how much confidence do you have that government agencies are able to correctly tell whose phone calls and e-mails should be monitored and whose should not? Do you have a great deal of confidence, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

A Great Deal

A Fair
Amount

Not Very
Much

None At All

Unsure
% % % % %
1/20-25/06 10 48 28 13 1
1/5-8/06 10 45 30 13 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 20-22, 2006. Adults nationwide.

.

"How much confidence do you have in the Bush Administration to protect U.S. citizens from future acts of terrorism: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?" N=1,006, MoE 3

.

Great Deal Moderate
Amount
Not Much None At All Unsure
% % % % %

1/20-22/06

30 34 22 13 1

7/7-10/05

23 38 24 14 1

6/16-19/05

23 38 21 17 1

2/4-6/05

38 35 16 10 1
7/30 - 8/1/04 31 33 21 15 -
7/19-21/04 27 40 18 15 -
5/19-21/03 35 44 15 5 1

.

"Turning now to Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network: Just your best guess -- Do you think Osama bin Laden himself is currently planning a significant terrorist attack against the United States, or not?" N=1,006, MoE 3

.

Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %  

1/20-22/06

70 24 6  
8/5-7/05 76 20 4  

.

"Do you think a special prosecutor should or should not be appointed to investigate this matter?" N=500, MoE 5 (Form B)

.

    Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %

1/20-22/06

58 39 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 10-11, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think the absence of a terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11 is more likely because U.S. security measures are working or no attacks were planned?" Options rotated

.

Security
Measures
No Attacks
Planned
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

1/10-11/06

46 22 20 12  

.

"After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Patriot Act which, in part, gives federal officials wider authority to use wiretaps and other surveillance techniques. Some people say the Patriot Act is a necessary and effective tool in preventing terrorist attacks, while others say the act goes too far and could violate the civil liberties of average Americans. Which comes closer to your view? Overall, would you say the Patriot Act is a good thing for America or a bad thing for America?"

.

Good Thing Bad Thing Mixed (vol.) Unsure  
  % % % %  

1/10-11/06

53 30 13 4  
6/14-15/05 57 30 n/a 13  
4/21-22/04 54 28 11 7  
7/29-30/03 55 27 9 9  

.

"Do you think the Patriot Act has helped prevent terrorist attacks in the United States or not?"

.

Has Has Not Unsure    
  % % %    

1/10-11/06

59 29 12    
6/14-15/05 50 35 15    

.

"Based on what you know, do you support or oppose extending the Patriot Act when it comes up for renewal?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
  % % %    

1/10-11/06

57 31 11    

.

"Would you feel the United States would be more vulnerable to terrorism if the Patriot Act expired?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
  % % %    

1/10-11/06

57 35 8    

.

"In an effort to identify terrorist activity, do you think the president should or should not have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to do computer searches of large numbers of international phone calls coming in and out of the United States without getting warrants?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/10-11/06

60 34 7    

.

"How concerned are you that government efforts to track terrorists are harming the civil liberties of Americans . . . ?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

1/10-11/06

29 30 19 20 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 6-8, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about [see below]?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

"Terrorism"

  1/6-8/06

45 35 16 3 1

.

"Government surveillance of U.S. citizens"

  1/6-8/06

29 30 27 12 2

.

"The Patriot Act"

  1/6-8/06

26 32 27 9 5

.

"As you may know, shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a law called the Patriot Act was passed which makes it easier for the federal government to get information on suspected terrorists through court-ordered wiretaps and searches. How familiar are you with the Patriot Act: very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not at all familiar?"

.

Very
Familiar
Somewhat
Familiar
Not Too
Familiar
Not At All
Familiar
 
% % % %
1/6-8/06 17 59 18 6

.

"Based on what you have heard or read about the Patriot Act, do you think all of its provisions should be kept, that it needs minor changes, that it needs major changes, or that it needs to be eliminated completely?" Options rotated

.

All Should
Be Kept
Needs Minor
Changes
Needs Major
Changes
Needs To Be
Eliminated
Unsure
% % % % %
1/6-8/06 13 50 24 7 7

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 5-8, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"As it investigates terrorism, do you think the federal government is doing too much, not enough or about the right amount to protect the rights of American citizens?"

.

Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure  
% % % %
1/5-8/06 8 42 48 2

.

"As it investigates terrorism, do you think the federal government is doing too much, not enough or about the right amount to protect the rights of people suspected of involvement in terrorism?"

.

Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure  
% % % %
1/5-8/06 11 40 46 3

.

"In investigating terrorism, do you think federal agencies are or are not intruding on some Americans' privacy rights?"

.

Are
Intruding
Are Not
Intruding
Unsure    
% % %
1/5-8/06 64 32 4

.

Asked of those who think federal agencies are intruding:
"Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?"

.

Justified Not
Justified
Unsure    
% % %
1/5-8/06 49 46 5

.

"Which worries you more -- that Bush will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that Bush will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?" Options rotated

.

Won't Go
Far Enough
Will Go
Too Far
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %
1/5-8/06 48 44 6 2

.

"According to recent news reports, the National Security Agency has been investigating people suspected of involvement with terrorism by secretly listening in on telephone calls and reading e-mails between some people in the United States and other countries, without first getting court approval to do so. How closely have you been following this story: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?"

.

Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not Closely
At All
 
% % % %
1/5-8/06 20 46 21 13

.

"Would you consider this wiretapping of telephone calls and e-mails without court approval as an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"

.

Acceptable Unaccep-
table
Unsure    
% % %
1/5-8/06 51 47 2

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 5-8, 2006. N=1,151 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

.

"Do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party can do a better job of writing laws which help the government find terrorists without violating the average person's rights?"

.

Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both (vol.)

Neither
(vol.)

Unsure
% % % % %
1/5-8/06 33 42 5 7 13
12/7-10/01 33 26 14 7 20

.

"Do you think Americans will have to give up some of their personal freedoms in order to make the country safe from terrorist attacks, or not?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure    
% % %    
1/5-8/06 65 31 4    
4/02 72 24 4    
10/8/01 79 17 4    

.

"Do you think that in order to fight terrorism, the federal government should have more authority to use wiretaps, or would this violate Americans' constitutional rights?"

.

Should Have
More
Authority

Would
Violate
Rights

Unsure    
% % %    
1/5-8/06 40 53 7    

.

"How concerned are you about losing some of your civil liberties as a result of the measures enacted by the Bush Administration to fight terrorism? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Not Very
Concerned

Not at All
Concerned

 
% % % %  
1/5-8/06 29 33 22 16  

.

"How concerned are you, personally, that the government might choose to monitor your own phone calls or e-mails? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Not Very
Concerned

Not at All
Concerned

Unsure
% % % % %
1/5-8/06 22 13 22 42 1

.

"In general, if the government monitors some phone calls and e-mails made in the U.S., how effective do you think that would be in stopping terrorist threats to the United States: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective?"

.

Very
Effective

Somewhat
Effective

Not Very
Effective

Not at All
Effective

Unsure
% % % % %
1/5-8/06 15 48 24 10 3

.

"In general, when the government conducts screening and searches of passengers who travel on airplanes in the U.S., how effective do you think that is in stopping terrorist threats to the United States: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective?"

.

Very
Effective

Somewhat
Effective

Not Very
Effective

Not at All
Effective

Unsure
% % % % %
1/5-8/06 24 53 16 6 1

.

"Do you think Congress should hold public hearings to investigate the Bush Administration's authorizing wiretaps on some U.S. phone calls, or don't you think it's necessary?"

.

Should Hold
Hearings

Not
Necessary

Unsure    
% % %    
1/5-8/06 46 49 5    

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