It’s unwise to put too much weight on polls, but a recent survey on the Edward Snowden affair suggests better judgment among the general public than our usual opinion leaders have been able to muster.
The national survey of U.S. voters by Quinnipiac University found that by 55 percent to 34 percent respondents considered Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contract employee, to be a whistle-blower, not a traitor. In what the pollsters called “a massive shift in attitudes,” voters also said the government was going “too far” in its anti-terrorism program — a dramatic swing from a January 2010 poll in which respondents, 63-25, said the government wasn’t doing enough to safeguard the country.
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