(Week of 6/8/2013) The National Security Agency has been collecting some information from all mobile service providers; but the Verizon demand is extensive and now public. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, respondents were asked their service provider to see whether Verizon user opinion differed from opinion overall.
In fact, there was little difference. Verizon users, who are generally better educated and better off than the public overall, have opinion much like those of all Americans. By nearly two to one (63% to 33%) they disapprove of the surveillance data collection, and 54% doubt that it have prevented any terrorist attacks.
Like the rest of the public, they think the NSA is lying about whether or not it has listened in to the calls.
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