AP-GfK Poll- Americans Value Privacy Over Security 1/27/14
WASHINGTON — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that most Americans are not impressed with Barack Obama's efforts to restore trust in government in the wake of disclosures about secret surveillance programs.
The poll finds that Americans increasingly are placing personal privacy ahead of being kept safe from terrorists. More than 60 percent of respondents say they value privacy over anti-terror protections. That's up slightly from 58 percent in a similar poll in August.
Obama has been fighting to regain public trust after a former National Security Agency analyst last year revealed some of the intelligence community's secret tactics that swept up phone records of hundreds of millions in the United States. Soon after Edward Snowden's disclosure in June, Obama promised to review the system that has changed rapidly as technology improved.