How Does Your Opinion
Match Up to the Civil Liberties Update?
According to a poll, conducted by Robert Blendon of
the Kennedy School, in conjunction with NPR and the Kaiser Family
Foundation, Americans are evenly divided between whether its
more important to protect individuals human rights and our
need for security. However, in surveys conducted soon after September
11 and almost a year later, public opinion was shifting toward the
civil liberties side of the issue. A sample of the survey questions
Is it more important to ensure peoples constitutional rights,
even if it means that some suspected terrorists are never found,
or is it more important to find every potential terrorist, even
if some innocent people are seriously hurt?
The NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy School Civil Liberties Update
is part of an ongoing project of National Public Radio, the Henry
J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Kennedy School of Government.
The results of the Civil Liberties Update are based
on two nationwide telephone surveys conducted in August 2002.
Source: NPR Web site