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National Security Breaking News: FiveThirtyEight: Public Opinion Shifts on Security-Liberty Balance

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July 10, 2013 AT 5:40 PM
A new Quinnipiac poll has found a significant shift in public opinion on the trade-off between civil liberties and national security. A new Quinnipiac poll has found a significant shift in public opinion on the trade-off between civil liberties and national security. In the new survey, 45 percent of the public said they thought the government?s antiterrorism policies have ?gone too far in restricting the average person?s civil liberties? compared with 40 percent who said they have ?not gone far enough to adequately protect the country.? By comparison, in a January 2010 Quinnipiac poll that posed the same question, only 25 percent of the public said the government had gone too far in restricting civil liberties, while 63 percent said it hadn?t gone far enough to protect the country.