Poll: Broader Concern on Privacy Rights, But Terrorism Threat Still Trumps

More Important Right Now
  Investigate terrorism Protect privacy
All 65% 32%
Democrats 51% 47%
Independents 64% 34%
Republicans 84% 15%
Liberals 49% 49%
Moderates 65% 33%
Conservatives 76% 21%

In another difference, Republicans and conservatives, given their support for the administration, are much less likely to say the government is intruding on privacy rights; or, if they believe it's doing so, to see such intrusions as unjustified.

Is the Government Intruding on Privacy Rights?
  Yes, and not justified Yes, but justified No, not intruding
All 30% 31% 32%
Democrats 45% 25% 25%
Independents 33% 31% 27%
Republicans 8% 41% 45%
Liberals 49% 25% 20%
Moderates 49% 25% 20%
Conservatives 15% 30% 48%


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 5-8, 2006, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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