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

RESULTS:*

-Less secure: 45%

-More secure: 38%

-Neither/Not sure 17%

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

It appears that income has a significant impact on the degree to which Americans feel secure knowing that the government has the ability to intercept phone conversations and emails. The highest percentage (59.8%) of those who feel "less secure" are those who make less than $15,000 annually. In contrast, 40.4% of those making more than $75,000 a year feel more secure knowing that the government has the ability to intercept phone conversations and emails.

There also appears to be a very sharp ideological divide between those who feel more and less secure knowing that the government can intercept their conversations. Of those Democrats polled, 75.9% feel less secure and only 5.8% feel more secure knowing that the government has the ability to intercept their conversations. Conversely, 78.1% of Republicans feel more secure knowing that the government has the ability to intercept their conversations.

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