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40% of Americans willing to give up "some" Civil Liberties

The ebb and flow of how people feel is based on events.

by Eric Holdeman / May 3, 2013

40% of Americans willing to give up "some" Civil Liberties in order to fight terrorism.  In reality public opinion will fluctuate all over the place based on current events.  To say we are "fickled" would be an understatement.  It is why the values that a person and a people have becomes more important than opinions.  But then, even today I think people are having values become like opinions.  Something that swings and sways with the times and events.  


See the CNN/ORC Poll results below:


A new CNN/Time/ORC International Poll indicates four in 10 Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism, and suggests worries about terrorism have edged up after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The national survey shows that concerns about terrorism are up slightly, with 40% saying they worry that someone in their family will become a victim of terrorism, up 6 percentage points from a 2011 CNN poll conducted on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The survey also indicates that support for government monitoring of the Internet is down 8 points from right after 9/11, although there is still majority support: 55%. However, there is widespread and growing approval of the use of surveillance cameras in public places, with 81% saying they are in favor of it, nearly a 20 point jump from 2001.

The poll, conducted April 30, 2013, has a sampling error of +/-4 percentage points.