August 1, 2013 - Snowden Is Whistle-Blower, Not Traitor, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll
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American voters say 55 - 34 percent that former National Security Agency consultant Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower rather than a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

This finding is unchanged from a July 10 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University.

"Most American voters think positively of Edward Snowden, but that was before he accepted asylum in Russia," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From July 28 - 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,468 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

20. Do you regard Edward Snowden, the national security consultant who released information to the media about the phone scanning program, as more of a traitor or more of a whistle-blower?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Traitor              34%    38%    36%    34%    34%    35%    34%    39%    26%
Whistle-blower       55     51     56     55     57     52     55     50     60
DK/NA                11     11      9     11      9     13     11     10     14
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Traitor              42%    30%    37%    38%    29%    33%    35%    33%    39%
Whistle-blower       50     57     54     49     61     58     52     57     51
DK/NA                 8     12      9     13     10      9     13     10     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Traitor              40%    32%    31%    34%    41%    22%    26%    40%    43%
Whistle-blower       51     56     57     58     47     64     64     50     45
DK/NA                 9     12     12      7     13     14     10     10     11
 
TREND: Do you regard Edward Snowden, the national security consultant who released information to the media about the phone scanning program, as more of a traitor, or more of a whistle-blower?
                     Aug 01  Jul 10
                     2013    2013
 
Traitor              34      34
Whistle-blower       55      55
DK/NA                11      11