Half of Americans don’t want the media to report on surveillance

By on August 8, 2013

A new poll published on Tuesday revealed that Americans are evenly split over the media’s reporting on the federal government’s surveillance programs.

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that while 47 percent of Americans thought that the media should report on the “secret methods gov’t is using to fight terrorism,” 47 percent held the opposite view.

Also, a majority of members of both major parties — 51 percent Republican and 51 percent Democrat — said that they preferred that the media not report on the issue; 43 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats said they were in favor of the media reporting on the programs.

Fifty-one percent of independents, on the other hand, said that they believed the media should report about the anti-terror tactics.

The survey was conducted between July 17 and 21.

“We don’t have a domestic spying program,” President Barack Obama told late-night talk show host Jay Leno Tuesday. “What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack.”

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