Public Opinion – Americans follow the U.S. government


September 7, 2021


WASHINGTON (AP) – As the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approach, Americans are intervening in the name of national security, and only a third believe the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are worthwhile. Fighting according to the new public opinion.

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Many Americans also see the threat of domestic extremism as more serious than foreign extremism.

Opinion polls by the Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center show that support for surveillance equipment overseas has declined over the past decade if necessary to combat attacks. Following the end of a 20-year civil war in Afghanistan, there is a growing international concern.

In particular, 46% of Americans objected to the U.S. government’s response to threats against the nation by reading unsolicited emails from outside the United States for legal purposes. This compares with only 27% of those who support it. According to AP-NORC public opinion polls over a decade ago, favorites are more likely to oppose the practice, from 47% to 30%.

The new referendum is being held on August 12-16 as the Taliban move quickly to take over the country. Since then, Afghanistan’s Islamic State partner has carried out a suicide attack that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, and experts have warned that in the absence of the United States, foreign militant groups could rebuild.

In the first years after September 11, when Americans embraced media tolerance in the name of defending their homeland, the election raised concerns about the scope of surveillance and widespread intelligence gathering. They are in the hands of US officials.

Over the past 20 years, the expansion of government audiences has included the same development of surveillance technology in all corners of American society, including traffic cameras, smart TVs, and other devices that contribute to global viewing.

Gary Kiefer, an 80-year-old New York resident, said he was worried about government forces.

At what point does this apply to the general public instead of trying to eliminate potential destroyers or anything? He asked Kefern, a registered Democrat. At what point is it more dangerous to the public than to save them or keep them safe? ”

“I think you might want to look at it to some extent,” Keffer said. But he added, “Who will decide how far you will go to keep the country safe?”

Eric Mac Williams, a 59-year-old Democrat, sees the need for monitoring to keep Americans safe.

“I was not in pain, that’s why they did it abroad. I was not for that. ” But the issue of surveillance is that you have to see them – otherwise we will die.

Americans are 44% to 28% more likely to object to government calls without permission. The other 27% do not have both opinions.

Two-thirds of Americans continue to oppose the fact that phone calls, emails, and text messages are uncontrollable in the United States. Outside the United States when you meet a government target.

About half of Americans, including Americans, protest against the government’s lack of control over the Internet. About a quarter oppose and two out of 10 have no comments. Approximately half a decade ago.

Last year, disagreements over government surveillance practices surfaced when federal lawmakers narrowed their vote to approve federal law enforcement proposals to prevent federal law enforcement from accessing Internet browsing information or search history. Last year, Democrats passed a bill to extend the mandate of the House of Representatives after President Donald Trump and Republicans opposed the measure.

Despite general surveillance concerns, about a dozen Americans support the installation of surveillance cameras in public places to control suspicious activity — although there are only a handful of random searches, such as full-body surveys, for commercial airlines in the United States. Profile to determine who should carry out more stringent inspections at secure airports following the September 11 attacks.

7 out of 10 black Americans and Asian Americans oppose racial segregation at airports, compared to 6 out of 10 white Americans.

When the United States ended a two-decade-long war in Afghanistan this summer, most Americans said, about 6 out of 10, that the conflict with Iraq was worthless. Republicans are more likely to say that wars are worth wars.

Americans are more concerned about extremists in the United States than at international level. FBI Director Chris Wayi described the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as “metastasis” and said the number of people arrested for racist extremism had increased.

According to the poll, two-thirds of Americans say they are more or less concerned about the threat posed by extremist groups in the United States.

While Republicans and Democrats generally agree on issues of global extremism, opinion polls suggest that Democrats are more likely to be concerned about domestic violence, with 75% to 57% more concerned.

On other major national security issues, half of Republicans and Democrats are concerned about North Korea’s nuclear program, and 7 out of 10 share similar concerns about cyber-attacks. Many Republicans and Democrats also believe that the spread of misinformation is of great concern to the United States, although Democrats are less likely to speak out.

But in other respects there is a big difference. Democrats, for example, are more concerned about climate change than Republicans, 83% more than 21%. But Republicans, with a difference of 73% to 21%, are more concerned about illegal immigration than Democrats.


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The AP-NORC Public Opinion of 1,729 Adults was conducted August 12-16, using a sample from the NORC Probability-Based American Panel designed to represent the American people. For all respondents, the sample error margin is 3.2 percentage points when added or subtracted.

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