Poll: NSA surveillance and Edward Snowden

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It’'s been reported that the federal government’s National Security Agency collects extensive records of phone calls, as well as Internet data related to specific investigations, to try to identify possible terrorist threats. Do you support or oppose this intelligence-gathering program?


The NSA surveillance program was classified as secret, and was made public by a former government contractor named Edward Snowden. Do you support or oppose Snowden being charged with a crime for disclosing the NSA surveillance program?​


OPPOSE: 48%​

Do you support or oppose having the U.S. Congress hold public hearings on the NSA surveillance program?​


OPPOSE: 30%​


I believe the poll results referred to in your link are from a June 19 survey.

For example, the numbers for the 'charging Snowden' question are identical to those shown here.

However, a more recent July 26 survey shows the number of Americans who support charging Snowden has increased to 53%.

Another Wa-Po article summarizes:

The American people, who once defended Edward Snowden’s leaks of sensitive intelligence information gathered by the U.S. government, are starting to turn against him.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that a majority of Americans — 53 percent — now say the Snowden should be charged with a crime for his leaks. That’s up from 43 percent less than a month ago.

Over that same span, the percentage saying Snowden should not be charged has dropped from 48 percent to 36 percent.​

Americans turn against Edward Snowden
he gets charged with the crime - nothing new there - his leaking opened the door on Executive obfuscation, to Congress about the scope of the programs.

A good enough legacy