Half of Americans Approve of Feds Listening In


Marilyn Acosta, a Boeing employee from Los Angeles, has a message for President Bush: “If he wants to listen in to my calls, it’s OK. I’m all for it.” Not so fast, says Rosey Bystrak, who works for an architectural firm in San Diego. “Bush thinks he’s a king and not a president, so it doesn’t surprise me,” she says, referring to the recent revelation that after 9/11, the president authorized the interception of communications between the US and other countries without a judge’s approval.

These two women, speaking to a reporter in San Diego’s Balboa Park, encompass the range of views on the issue and reflect the nearly even divide in public opinion found in the first survey that directly addresses the controversial program, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The online Zogby Interactive poll, taken Dec. 20-21, found that nearly half of likely voters, 49 percent, say Bush has the constitutional powers to approve such a plan, while 45 percent say he does not.

Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1229/p01s04-uspo.html

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