By: PAUL LAGARDE
(CNSNews.com) --Seventy-four percent of Americans across the ideological spectrum believe they don’t need to give up their privacy and freedom in order to be safe from terrorism, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
This view is shared across all seven political categorizations ranging from “steadfast conservatives” to “solid liberals,” making it one of the rare issues that a large majority of Americans can agree on.
Eighty percent of those Pew identified as “steadfast conservatives” and “young outsiders” believe that Americans should not have to give up privacy in order to be safe, exceeded only by 83 percent of "hard-pressed skeptics."
Seventy-two percent of those identified as“solid liberals” agree.
Opinion is more split on the specific issue of data collection by the National Security Agency (NSA) as part of its anti-terrorism program.
A smaller majority - 54 percent of Americans - disapprove of this program, while 42 percent say they approve of it. The “faith and family left” and “next generation left” both approve of the program at 53 percent each, making them the only demographic groups with a majority to do so.