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Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 1,100 questions on Privacy since 1937!

Privacy Concerns

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How much do you trust the federal government to keep your personal information confidential?...A great deal, some, not much, not at all
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2013]




How confident are you that personal information entered into the federal government's health care exchange website will be kept private?...Very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, not at all confident
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2013]




Currently the government does not require workers on the federal health care exchange website to pass a criminal background check--even though they have access to the personal information of people signing up for the program. Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable for the government to hire people to work on the federal health care website without doing a background check on those people first?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2013]



Security of Personal Information

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Do you trust the National Security Agency or NSA a lot, some, only a little, or not at all to protect your privacy and personal information?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




As far as you know, have you ever had any of these experiences as a result of your online activities?...Had important personal information stolen such as your Social Security Number, your credit card, or bank account information...Have you ever had this experience as a result of your online activities?
Pew Internet & American Life Project Poll, [Jul, 2013]




What would you say is the biggest risk associated with the collection and use of your personal information?...Having your identity stolen, having your bank or credit card information released without your consent, being exposed to safety and security risks from the release of your geographic location, having information released that jeopardizes your reputation or relationships, being exposed to unfair treatment by an employer, having your image used without your consent, being exposed to unfair treatment by an insurer, none of these
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57     Having your identity stolen
18     Having your bank or credit card information released without your consent
7     Being exposed to safety and security risks from the release of your geographic location
4     Having information released that jeopardizes your reputation or relationships
3     Being exposed to unfair treatment by an employer
2     Having your image used without your consent
2     Being exposed to unfair treatment by an insurer
3     None of these
4     Don't know/Refused
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [May, 2013]



Privacy and Government

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Which, if any, of the following issues the president has had to deal with this year has been most important in shaping your opinion of Barack Obama?...the new (2010) health care law, the economy, the government shutdown, issues in Syria and Iran, domestic issues like immigration and guns, issues with the NSA (National Security Agency) and privacy
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58     The new health care law
25     The economy
23     The government shutdown
16     Issues in Syria and Iran
14     Domestic issues like immigration and guns
9     Issues with the NSA and privacy
2     None (Vol.)
1     Other (Vol.)
2     Not sure
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Dec, 2013]




Overall, in it efforts in fight terrorism, do you think the US government has gone too far in infringing on people's privacy, has it not gone far enough, or has the balance been about right?
CBS News Poll, [Nov, 2013]




As you may know, American Edward Snowden leaked information about a government program to help find terrorists that involved collecting phone and Internet records in the United States and in foreign countries. From what you have heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Edward Snowden's actions in leaking information about this government program?
CBS News Poll, [Nov, 2013]



Privacy, Computers and the Internet

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(I have some questions about the US National Security Agency, called the NSA, which conducts surveillance and other intelligence-gathering operations.)...Do you think the NSA's surveillance of telephone call records and Internet traffic does or does not intrude on...some Americans' privacy rights? (If NSA does intrude, ask:) Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Nov, 2013]




(I have some questions about the US National Security Agency, called the NSA, which conducts surveillance and other intelligence-gathering operations.)...Do you think the NSA's surveillance of telephone call records and Internet traffic does or does not intrude on...your own personal privacy rights? (If NSA does intrude, ask:) Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Nov, 2013]




How concerned are you personally about the privacy of personal information you give out on the Internet, as well as privacy regarding what you do on the Internet--very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?
Note: Asked of Internet users (86%)
Gallup Poll, [Oct, 2013]



National ID Cards

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As you may know, there have been efforts in some states to require voters to show a photo identification card to vote. Some people say this is needed to prevent people from voting who are not eligible to vote. Other people say such efforts are designed to suppress voting by minority voters. What do you think--do you support or oppose efforts to require voters to show a photo identification card to vote?
Note: Registered voters
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Sep, 2012]




(Do you think that the new (health care) law (passed in March 2010) will or will not do the following after the law is fully in effect?)...Require every American to show a government health care identification card in order to get medical care at a hospital.
Associated Press/Gfk Knowledge Networks Poll, [Aug, 2012]




How sure are you about that (that the 2010 health care law will/will not) require every American to show a government health care identification card in order to get medical care at a hospital?...Extremely sure, very sure, moderately sure, slightly sure, not sure at all
Note: Those who said the 2010 health care law will/will not do this (95%)
Associated Press/Gfk Knowledge Networks Poll, [Aug, 2012]



Privacy and the Media

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(I'm going to read you some pairs of opposite phrases. After I read each pair, tell me which one phrase you feel better describes news organizations generally. If you think that neither phrase applies, please say so.) Would you say that news organizations...often invade people's privacy, or generally respect people's privacy?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political and Media Survey, [Jul, 2011]




In general, do you feel the news media...unnecessarily invade people's privacy or generally involve themselves when it is in the public interest
%
65     Unnecessarily invade people's privacy
27     Generally involve themselves when in the public interest
8     Don't know/No answer
Freedom of Information in the Digital Age Survey, [Nov, 2000]




I'm going to read you a list of things that some people think are likely to occur as a result of new personal privacy laws. For each one, please tell me whether you are willing to accept these things happening or if it is unacceptable if these things happen.... It could be more difficult for the news media to conduct investigations of alleged wrongdoing. (If acceptable/unacceptable, ask:) Do you think it is completely/somewhat acceptable/unacceptable?
Freedom of Information in the Digital Age Survey, [Nov, 2000]



Privacy and Airport Security

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Congress is considering replacing the TSA's (Transportation Security Administration) airport security screeners with screeners from private security firms that would continue to be monitored by the TSA. Do you favor or oppose replacing the TSA's airport security screeners with screeners from private security firms?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [May, 2013]




Do you think the TSA's (Transportation Security Administration) requirement that travelers take off their shoes at airport security is needed or not needed to prevent a terrorist attack?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [May, 2013]




Thinking now about the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), the government agency that handles security screening at US (United States) airports, do you think the TSA is doing an excellent, good, only fair or poor job?
Gallup Poll, [Jul, 2012]



From the Archives


Have you personally ever been the victim of what you felt was an improper invasion of privacy, or not?
Consumer Privacy Survey 1991, [Jul, 1991]




To the extent the increased use of computers does pose a threat to personal privacy, do you think the greatest threat comes from the improper use of computers by businesses or by government?
Cambridge Reports National Omnibus Survey, [Jan, 1988]




(Let's turn now to the question of individual privacy. These days many different kinds of organizations have on computers information about you and people like you. For example, employers, credit companies, local police, the Internal Revenue Service, etc., may all have various kinds of information about you. Here is a list of different kinds of information that could exist on you or someone like you. For each one I'd like you to tell me whether you think it is information that is appropriate for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) to have on file or not.)...Any drinking history
Roper Report 75-3, [Feb, 1975]




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answered Very concerned when asked "How concerned are you about losing some of your privacy as a result of steps taken by the federal government to fight terrorism--are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"
CBS News Poll, [Jun, 2013]


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