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#Snowden polls well, ditto the Fourth Amendment

This is amazing. From Quinnipiac:

American voters say 55 - 34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

In a massive shift in attitudes, voters say 45 - 40 percent the government's anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 10, 2010, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University when voters said 63 - 25 percent that such activities didn't go far enough to adequately protect the country.

Almost every party, gender, income, education, age and income group regards Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor. The lone exception is black voters, with 43 percent calling him a traitor and 42 percent calling him a whistle-blower.

"The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti- terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything. Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment."

That's a big, big disconnect.

I'm not hearing much from the Snowden concern trolls these days. I'm I just blotting it out, or did they all go mysteriously silent while the White House figures out new lines for them?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Given the drum beat of anti-Snowden propaganda, this is an amazing result. It shows a collective rejection of conventional wisdom. All across K Street and Capitol Hill, spin doctors are very very nervous.

Submitted by lambert on

good to see you over at the HealthCare.gov shindig. You and KB are much nicer than I am; I just want to go after these weasels with a bat but that's not necessarily the best approach...

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Submitted by jo6pac on

I just want to go after these weasels with a bat but that's not necessarily the best approach...

Thanks for the LOL but I vote yes for this to happen.

Submitted by mgmonza on

From the same Guardian that's been picking up America's journalistic slack on other Obama excesses, comes this:

"US diplomats cry foul as Obama donors take over top embassy jobs
Former ambassador likens practice to 'selling of public office' as figures show average amount of cash raised is $1.8m per post"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/10/obama-donors-top-embassy-job...

Heh.

Submitted by Hugh on

There is a lot of awareness and discontent in the country. It remains fragmented and unfocused, but shows up on certain issues that people can relate to directly, ones where the powers that be ask them not to believe their lying eyes.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on


a reversal from a January 10, 2010, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University when voters said 63 - 25 percent that such activities didn't go far enough to adequately protect the country.

Amazing what a little true information and actual transparency can do to public opinion.

Dynamite poll. Thanks for posting.