A clear majority of Americans believe the media is jeopardizing national security when publishing intelligence leaks, but the degree of anger depends on their political bent.
According to Rasmussen Reports, 82% percent of conservative voters think publishing secrets hurts national security, a view shared by 68 percent of moderates but only 56 percent of liberals.
In a poll that damns the media and the administration, 72% of likely U.S. voters say the leaks undermine national security. Rasmussen adds that only 14% believe the media is providing a public service when it releases that information.
Most importantly, some 51% of voters said leaking classified documents is an act of treason, bolstering congressional and Justice investigations into leaks that led to stories about the killing of Osama bin Laden and the high-tech raid on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Despite the leaks, Rasmussen found that half of all voters still say the U.S. is winning the war on terror and that America is safer today that it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Paul Bedard, The Examiner's Washington Secrets columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears each weekday in the Politics section and on washingtonexaminer.com.