New Quinnipiac Poll: Most Americans Think Snowden “More of a Whistleblower,” but Still Want Him Prosecuted
Today Glenn Greenwald and his cronies are crowing about a new Quinnipiac University poll, showing that a majority of Americans consider Edward Snowden more of a “whistleblower” than a “traitor.”
Imagine working month after month to demonize Snowden as a traitor only to wake up & see this new polling data http://t.co/h5HYl2XTLj
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 14, 2014
New poll shows huge margin of Americans see Snowden as more of a whistleblower than traitor: 57%-34% http://t.co/TQAPld9lH5
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) January 14, 2014
Here’s the question:
“Do you regard Edward Snowden — the national security consultant who released information to the media about the phone scanning program — as more of a traitor, or more of a whistle-blower?”
34% say they consider him more of a traitor, 57% say whistleblower.
But notice: that either/or question doesn’t allow for any opinions in between. For example, I do not consider Snowden to be a whistleblower, but I’m not sure I’d go all the way to “traitor,” either.
Be that as it may, it’s very interesting to see the poll responses Greenwald didn’t mention:
“Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?”
“Do you think this program is necessary to keep Americans safe or not?”
Not necessary: 46%
“Do you think the Obama administration should drop the pursuit of Edward Snowden and let him come home as a free man or not?”
Should drop pursuit: 39%
Should NOT drop pursuit: 47%
So even though a plurality of Americans think Snowden’s “more of a whistleblower,” they still think he should face prosecution, and they’re almost evenly split on support for the NSA’s data collection programs. I wonder why Greenwald isn’t trumpeting those numbers?