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Americans Oppose Big Brother Phone Snooping

Most American voters -- more than half -- are opposed to the governments secret collection of phone records, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Sunday.

Just last week, it was revealed that the National Security Administration had collected the phone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers -- many of them Americans. The Obama administration defended the seizure of the records, claiming they were used as part of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

According to the poll results, 52 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government is spying too much on its citizens. Twenty-eight percent say the level of spying is just about right.

Americans are also paying attention to the news reports on the U.S. governments snooping -- nearly 70 percent of Americansare following the news reports either somewhat closely or very closely.


The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 6-7. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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