World Bulletin/News Desk
A new national poll shows that more Americans say they oppose former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's actions than support them.
The survey, released by NBC News on Sunday, was about Snowden's decision to flee the United States and release information about how the NSA collects intelligence data. More than a third (34%) of respondents said they disagreed with Snowden's action, while 24 percent said they supported them. The percentage of respondendents who have no opinion was about forty.
Another shocking result reveals that more than a quarter (27%) of Americans said they were not aware of Snowden case.
But "among those who say they’ve closely followed the story," the NBC poll found that 49% oppose Snowden’s actions and 33% support them.
The survey comes following NBC's broadcast Wednesday of Brian Williams's interview with Snowden from Russia, where he was granted asylum.
"I may have lost my ability to travel," Snowden told Williams. "But I've gained the ability to go to sleep at night and to put my head on the pillow and feel comfortable that I've done the right thing, even when it was the hard thing. And I'm comfortable with that."
Snowden also said he wants to return to the United States. “I don't think there's ever been any question that I'd like to go home," he said. "I mean, I've from day one said that I'm doing this to serve my country.”
A day after the interview aired, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Snowden wants to come back and answer U.S. espionage charges, "we'll have him on a flight today. We’d be delighted for him to come back.
"And he should come back," Kerry added. "That’s what a patriot would do. A patriot would not run away and look for refuge in Russia or Cuba or some other country. A patriot would stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people.”
The new poll found younger Americans tend to approve of Snowden's leaking intelligence documents. Among 18-to-34-year-old respondents, 32% support Snowden, and 20% disapprove of his actions.
Factoring in the poll's margin of error (plus or minus 3.5%), the results were essentially unchanged from January, when an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 23% of Americans supported Snowden’s actions, and 38% opposed them.Last Mod: 02 Haziran 2014, 12:50