Poll tests “Privacy vs. Security” debate

poll-nsaAn Oregon poll examines at a hot-button issue to gauge where Oregonians stand on privacy & liberty against the needs of security & law enforcement.

There are two polarizing events that are pulling Americans in different directions, one being terrorist attacks (Brussels, Paris, San Bernadin0) and the other being corporate sacrifices to our individual liberty (FBI ordering Apple to unlocks its iPhone and Congress recently scaling back NSA personal data collections). Last year, the Foundation asked over 300 Oregonians in a telephone poll on how they felt on the pressing issue of the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting phone data.

The results were bitterly split, nearly even.

The question asked was “Do you believe the National Security Agency should be allowed to capture and archive bulk private telephone metadata as a tool to investigate potential terrorists?”

Roughly 41% of Oregonians supported the NSA program. Slightly larger amount, 45%, opposed the government agency from collecting and archiving private phone metadata. Close to 13% of Oregonians were unsure or did not know.


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