Thursday, December 29, 2005

Rasmussen Reports on public opinion re: NSA wiretapping

Seems Americans aren't as vein-poppingly outraged at the notion of the President ordering this nation's intel agencies to gather intel as the media and certain left-wing organizations would have us all believe. As reported by the Rasmussen polls, 64% of Americans believe the NSA should be allowed to intercept calls between suspected terrorists in foreign countries and individuals in the United States. Just 23% disagreed. Feel free to read the brief yourself.

There's a lot more to this than just what's reflected in the numbers. Since the story was published by the NY Times the press and particular Democratic political figures have been literally running around screaming about it. As I and others have mentioned, the story being told isn't an informative transmittal of the facts of the situation, but rather an incredibly biased set of hit-pieces selectively omitting important facts. The media hasn't been shy about re-telling the story, either, so what does it say that 64% of Americans don't buy their line about what a problem this is? Could it be, perhaps, that people are going to alternative sources? Or, perhaps, that they've just learned not to trust what the media is telling them? The survey reported a significant majority of the respondents (68%) are following the story "somewhat or very closely" so it's not a matter of not listening to the media's take on things.

They're listening, they're just not persuaded.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin