Majority of Americans Approve of Snowden’s PRISM Leak

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June 13, 2013; TIME Magazine, “Swampland”

A poll conducted for TIME Magazine finds that a majority of Americans approve of Edward Snowden’s actions in leaking information about the National Security Agency’s program to “farm” the phone, email, and Internet search records of millions of Americans.

Oddly, despite the majority approval, only 28 percent of those polled said he should not be prosecuted. Among Americans between the ages of 18 and 24, that amount rises; 43 percent say he should not face charges and a mere 19 percent of that age group think of the leak as a “bad thing.”

Almost 60 percent of all those polled believe the revelation of the surveillance will not cause the government to curtail the surveillance program and 76 percent believe there will be more such revelations showing that the program is even larger than we currently know it to be.

The poll, which surveyed 805 people, was conducted for TIME on June 10 and 11 by the survey research firm Abt SRBI.—Ruth McCambridge