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article imagePoll: Majority of Americans would give up liberty for security

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By Andrew Moran     Jan 15, 2010 in Politics
A new poll released on Tuesday shows that majority of Americans would give up some of their liberties in order to make the United States safe from a potential terrorist attack.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you give up your liberty for security; you deserve neither liberty nor security.”
There has been fierce debate over the level of privacy that airport security scanners invade but it doesn’t seem to bother Americans, at least according to a recent poll. A new McClatchy-Ipsos Reid poll found that 51 per cent of Americans are willing to give up some of their civil liberties for security, according to the United Press International.
However, 36 per cent of respondents believe that some of the government’s security proposals go too far in restricting the general public’s civil liberties. 14 per cent of respondents were undecided or said that it would depend on the situation.
The research further suggests that 75 per cent feel safe when they fly, which has dropped from 86 per cent from a similar poll conducted in 2007. Nearly a quarter of Americans don’t feel safe in the air, which has increased 13 per cent from 2008.
Nevertheless, a small fraction of the country, 4 per cent, believes terrorism is a very low priority on the to-do-list of the United States government, reports the Kansas City Star. While the economy and the high unemployment rate are the top issues for 48 per cent of Americans.
The poll concluded that 52 per cent approved of President Barack Obama’s job performance, while 45 per cent disapproved.
The telephone survey was conducted between Jan. 7 and Jan. 11 with 1,336 adult respondents and contains a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
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