Public opinion of Americans on whether the NSA's secret data collection without a suspicion of wrongdoing is acceptable

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Rasmussen ReportsPew Research CenterGallup
In favor of data collection26%56%37%
Against data collection59%41%53%
No opinion15%2%10%

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This graph shows the results of two independent polls conducted by the Pew Research Center, Rasmussen Reports, and Gallup in June 2013, measuring the level of public acceptance of the NSA phone tracking and data collection on citizens without the necessity of a suspicion of any wrongdoing. The results are divided. The majority of the respondents of the Rasmussen poll are against governmental data collection (59%). The majority of the Pew poll are in favor of data collection as a measure against terrorism (56%).
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Release date
June 2013
United States
Survey time period
June 2013*
Number of respondents
About 1,000
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
The Rasmussen poll is accessible here.
The Gallup poll is accessible here.
* The survey by the Pew Research Center was conducted between June 6-9, 2013, among 1,004 adults, living in the continental U.S.
The survey by Rasmsussen Reports was conducted between June 6-7, 2013, among 1,000 likely U.S. voters.
The survey by Gallup was conducted between June 10-11, 2013, among 1,008 adults, living in the U.S.

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