Poll Suggests Majority of Voters Believe Journalists Are Being Watched

Poll Suggests Majority of Voters Believe Journalists Are Being Watched

(TargetLiberty.org) – Trust in the US government seems to be hitting new lows, as a poll shows a majority of voters think the administration is spying on journalists and political opponents.

A Rasmussen poll released on July 6 shows that 59% of American voters think it’s “somewhat likely” or “very likely” the government is using its intelligence agencies to keep an eye on reporters and politicians who criticize it. Interestingly, this is a bipartisan opinion – while Republicans are most likely to believe it, with 66% agreeing, 52% of Democrats also think the government is spying on its critics.

Concern about surveillance of journalists was heightened last month when popular Fox presenter Tucker Carlson said a whistleblower had told him the National Security Agency (NSA) was reading his email. The NSA denied specifically targeting Carlson – but didn’t deny reading his communications. Carlson still insists that the agency has been reading his emails, and says the whistleblower knew private details they couldn’t have obtained without interception.

Governments do need to carry out surveillance; the problem is who they’re targeting. Do Americans trust their government’s judgment in deciding who needs to be watched? Rasmussen’s poll says that 61% don’t.

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