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New Edward Snowden Poll Shows America Has Changed It’s Tune On NSA Whistleblower

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Most Americans seem to have changed their mind about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. A new poll shows that most people now think he did the wrong thing by leaking information on the federal government’s domestic spying program.

Snowden has been a divisive and controversial figure from the start, with many headlines dedicated to figuring out whether we should laud him as a hero or condemn him as a traitor for what he did. Most media outlets have suggested the former, while politicians have called for his arrest for treason.

For a while, a majority of Americans thought that Snowden had done the right thing in leaking the NSA scandal to the public, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that the tides may have changed.

Roughly 38 percent of Americans think that Snowden did the wrong thing, while 33 percent think he did the right think. This is almost a complete reverse from a similar poll conducted after the story broke.

The remaining 29 percent of Americans simply don’t know what they think about his actions.

The drop in support for Snowden has primarily been among Republican voters. Democrats overwhemingly think that Snowden did the wrong thing in the poll, which was virtually unchanged from the previous number. But Republican support dropped from 37 percent to 44 percent, who now think he did the wrong thing.

Independents have been Snowden’s greatest champions, with 40 percent believing he had done the right thing and 28 percent saying that he was wrong.

Do you think that Edward Snowden did the right thing?

 

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3 Responses to “New Edward Snowden Poll Shows America Has Changed It’s Tune On NSA Whistleblower”

  1. Hudson Valley Chronic

    Polls are worthless. People are sheep, and there has been a surfeit of "Operation Mockingbird"-style character assassination from the government apologentsia this time around. They're trying even harder than they did with Manning and Assange, despite Edward Snowden's lack of a freak factor. Snowden may not be a "hero," but he did the most morally correct thing a human being can do under the ridiculous circumstances in which he found himself. This isn't an Alex Berenson novel where the protagonist is crafty, deadly and super-smart and supernaturally lucky enough to always make the right move. The kid (to me he's just a kid, anyway) has made some bonehead moves that aren't making him a lot of friends among the easily manipulated general populace. But really, whatever he does, he's toast, just like the rest of us. There's nowhere good to go. Anyway, since mere words don't seem to cut it any more, I've taken to editorializing with music. Here's one you can even dance to, about the crappy set of opportunities available to a young man these days. I'm sure Mr. Snowden sees himself in there somewhere. Maybe you do as well.
    http://biffthuringer.bandcamp.com/track/devils-cry

  2. Anonymous

    "Snowden has been a divisive and controversial figure from the start, with many headlines dedicated to figuring out whether we should laud him as a hero or condemn him as a traitor for what he did."

    What happened to the news just reporting the facts and leaving it to the reading public to come up with our own opinion? I don't need a headline to tell me how I feel, I need the news to report the bare facts, no opinions, no ideas, no slant. What happened to that?