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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.
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.
Some of the largest growth in those concerned about the threat to civil liberties is among men and Republicans, groups historically more likely to be supportive of governmental anti- terrorism efforts.
"The massive swing in public opinion about civil liberties and governmental anti- terrorism efforts, and the public view that Edward Snowden is more whistle-blower than traitor are the public reaction and apparent shock at the extent to which the government has gone in trying to prevent future terrorist incidents," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"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."
Originally posted by Jason88
Now what? I hope we can stop the bashing of each other for our differing political views since you know that old saying - divide and conquer. Instead, let's focus on removing the laws that allowed this to happen in the first place and let's get our sanity back. Literally our sanity - we've fought each other too long and hard over differing political opinions; it's no longer a sport but an all out war sickening each and every participant.
Now what? I hope we can stop the bashing of each other for our differing political views since you know that old saying - divide and conquer.
Of course I agree with you but
Originally posted by olaru12
I call it "the people like you syndrome"; and with the shift to the Right here on the boards....sorry to be such a cynic but I don't think we will see any change. The hatred of Obama is just to pervasive and it has filtered to anyone that has progressive or liberal views.
Originally posted by olaru12
Of course I agree with you but as long as the likes of Rush, OReilly, Savage, Hannity, Ingraham, Coulter, Beck, Boortz, M. Gallagher, M Medved, M. Reagan and Levin keep fanning the flames of hatred; They have millions of listeners that echo their hate speech, some even here on ATS that seem to revel in insulting and trashing those that have a different opinion. I call it "the people like you syndrome"; and with the shift to the Right here on the boards....sorry to be such a cynic but I don't think we will see any change. The hatred of Obama is just to pervasive and it has filtered to anyone that has progressive or liberal views.
Originally posted by redoubt
reply to post by Jason88
Defining the latter; a government that ignores the constitution when it suits them and relies on alphabet agencies, single judges and obscure courts to cripple the rights of those people.