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FUTURE BRIEF POLL RESULTS:

The following questions were submitted by Future Brief readers. The poll itself, taken by a statistically-valid sample of more than 13,400 adult Americans, was conducted by Zogby International, an opinion research firm, on January 27-30, 2006.

QUESTION: How worried are you about the government’s ability to intercept your phone conversations and emails?

RESULTS:*

-Very worried: 29%

-Somewhat worried: 26%

Not at all worried: 44%

Not sure: 1%

*Due to rounding, percentages may add up to over 100%. Margin of error is +/- 0.9%.

It appears that income has a significant imapct on the degree to which American's worry about the Government's ability to intercept phone conversations and emails. Out of those making less than $15,000 a year, 36.9% are very worried about the government's ability to monitor their conversations while 35.7% are not at all worried. This stands in marked contrast to those making more than $75,000 a year. Out of those making more than $75,000, only 29.5% are very worried about the government's ability to intercept their conversations and 45.1% are not at all worried.

Likewise, it appears that where a person lives has an effect on their level of concern with the government's ability to intercept their conversations. Of those polled, the highest percentage who are "very worried" about the government's ability to intercept their phone calls live in large cities (34.6%) while rural areas hold the largest percentage of those who are "not at all worried" about the government's ability to intercept conversations (50.6%).

Next: Do you feel more secure or less secure knowing the government has the ability to intercept phone conversations and emails?

 

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