Majority of Americans Support Phone Spying but are Against Email Snooping


A new survey revealed that majority of the people in the US do not really care if the National Security Agency is conducting phone spying on them. Most Americans believe that their need for security far outweighs the concern of many in the subject of invasion of privacy. But the issue on email snooping is a different story.

About the Research Agency

Pew Research Center was the organization that conducted the research. It is a nonpartisan fact tank dedicated in informing the public about the trends and attitudes of the people in connection to the different issues shaping the globe.

The Issue

The issue in the poll was whether phone spying was acceptable or not in the fight against terrorism. Another involved the question about whether email snooping should be allowed or not.

The Figures

The result of the first survey question revealed that 56 percent of Americans find it acceptable for the government to keep track of their communication records from phones and smartphones. On the other hand, 41 percent of them believe that it should not be allowed at all.

In the case of monitoring emails for the purpose of identifying threats to the nation, the result was different. Only 45 percent of the respondents find it reasonable while 52 percent are not open to the idea.


According to the source, the view of Americans on the subject almost remained unchanged over the years, starting with the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2002. The differences in the figures over the years were only slim and these are not enough to generate a significant change in the trend.

In addition, the stance of Americans on the issue remained almost similar with the Bush administration, which means that their view on the matter is the same regardless who is the top guy in the White House.

Source: Pew Research Center