A mere six months ago, 63 percent of U.S. residents thought that the federal government’s anti-terrorism policies were just fine. Now, following the NSA PRISM leak, almost half -- 45 percent -- say that the government has “gone too far in restricting the average person’s civil liberties,” up 20 percentage points from the beginning of the year, according to just-released data from a Quinnipiac University poll.
Most U.S. residents -- 55 percent -- also feel that Edward Snowden, who is currently on the run trying to avoid prosecution from the U.S. government after leaking information about the NSA PRISM project to several news organizations, is a whistle-blower, not a traitor.
Here’s an infographic with more insights from the poll:
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