New Survey Shows People Under 30 Trust NSA
By Paul Liu
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
With the intense debate raging around NSA’s surveillance practices, one would have thought that the intelligence agency is now viewed unfavorably by most Americans. However, if the results of a new survey are to be believed, the intelligence agency has still got plenty of supporters. The survey, which was conducted by Pew Research Center poll, also shows that the younger people have a more positive outlook towards the intelligence agency than people from other age groups.
As per the results published by Pew, women have a more favorable opinion about the NSA than the men. Amongst the men polled by the research agency, 49 percent had a favorable opinion towards the intelligence agency while 43 percent had an unfavorable opinion (with 11 percent voting for Other/Don’t Know). The corresponding figures for women participants were 53 percent, 32 percent and 15 percent respectively.
As far the opinion among different age groups was concerned, 61 percent of the participants belonging to the 18-29 age group had a positive opinion about the NSA while 30 percent had a negative opinion (9 percent voted for Other/Don’t Know). Among the 30-49 age group, 55 percent viewed the intelligence agency favorably while 32 percent saw it in a negative light (with 12 percent voting for Other/Don’t Know). Among the older 50-64 age group, the distribution was more even with 45 percent having a positive outlook towards the organization and 45 percent having a negative outlook (the remaining 10 percent voted for Other/Don’t Know). Finally, among the 65+ age group, just 40 percent had a positive opinion about the agency while 45 percent had a negative opinion (15 percent voted in Other/Don’t Know category).
The survey also reveals that people with post graduate education are less likely to trust the NSA than people with other levels of education. As per the survey results, 45 percent of post graduates viewed the agency favorably while the same figure for college graduates, people with some college education and those with High School education or less stood at 53 percent, 53 percent and 51 percent respectively. The survey also shows that 43 percent postgraduates had a negative opinion about the agency (corresponding figures for college graduates, people with some college education and those with High School education or less stood at 39 percent, 37 percent and 36 percent respectively).
The poll also shows how people from different political spectrums viewed the agency. As per the results, 58 percent participants voting for Democrats had a favorable opinion about the agency as compared to 47 percent who voted for Republicans and 49 who preferred Independent candidates. At the other end, 31 percent who voted for Democrats had a negative opinion about the NSA while the figure for those favoring Republican and Independent candidates stood at 42 percent.
The poll also shows how the NSA’s popularity has gone down vis-a-vis other government organizations. Out of the total number of people who participated in the poll, just 51 percent had a positive opinion about the NSA while 70 percent had a favorable outlook towards CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 68 percent towards NASA and 65 percent towards Department of Defense. So while the survey shows that the NSA still has got supporters, the number of people trusting the agency is going down year after year.