America Not a Nation of Sheep of After All!

Mindswing on Snowden, US foreign policy and the NSA.

REUTERS / BOBBY YIP

A major mind-shift is finally underway! Now, a majority of registered voters in the U.S. consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released yesterday.

55% percent take Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, and in a massive shift of attitudes since 2010, 45% of voters now say that the US has gone too far in too far restricting civil liberties in the name of anti-terrorism and defines. In 2010, 63% said the US hasn't gone far enough to adequately protect the country… meaning that a significant chunk of Americans are beginning to seriously reevaluate and critique all that the government has gone since 2010 in trying to prevent future terrorist incidents.

“The change in public attitudes has been extraordinary, almost across the board and obviously not just related to the revelation of the phone-scanning program, given all that has transpired since 2010,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Yet it would be naive to see these numbers as anything but evidence of a rethinking by the public about the tradeoffs between security and freedom.”

The tides are changing. This whole whistleblower affair – from Manning to Assange to Snowden – is morphing into something much larger. Americans – Republicans and Democrats equally – are finally starting to wake up to the fact that their rights and privacy are being stripped away; and that the tradeoff between freedom and security should be something We The People have a say in.

For more details on this National Poll, check out the findings published by Quinnipac University.