Policy: National Security

Just 30% trust Obama, 68% say feds are listening to their calls

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The public has lost faith in President Obama, his administration and Congress in the wake of the internet and phone snooping scandal, breaking a trust bond that is likely to undermine the rest of his second term

A new Rasmussen Reports poll found that just 30 percent of American voters trust the president and the rest of Washington on surveillance issues. A majority, 52 percent, said they don't trust Washington is making sure the program is abiding by the Constitution.

And, Rasmussen said, they back that up with a belief by 68 percent that Uncle Sam is listening in on their calls.

The data mining issue is resulting in a new problem for the president: Liberals irked at the program are joining Republicans angered at the Internal Revenue Service's snooping of Tea Party groups to cast doubt on Obama's promises that his administration isn't targeting regular Americans.

On the Democratic side, for example, most -- 58 percent -- believe the administration is listening to private conversations and just under half -- 49 percent -- trust the government to make sure the eavesdropping program is legal.

Generally, Americans are opposed to the National Security Agency program dubbed "Prism."

Rasmussen said "Data from a separate survey released yesterday shows that just 26 percent of voters favor the government's secret collecting of these phone records for national security purposes. Fifty-nine percent are opposed. Forty-six percent consider it at least somewhat likely their personal activity has been monitored by the government."

The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 8-9, 2013. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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