Polling Center: Privacy, Partisans and Paranoid Style

While it’s hard to go a day without learning some new detail of the National Security Agency’s vast data collection program, an interesting piece of context often gets lost: Americans’ blanket distrust of governmental, and even nongovernmental, entities. It is widespread, but partisanship still structures attitudes about privacy. Privacy is an issue in the 2014 campaign, and we expect to see it grow as March 4 looms and the campaigns get more public and more intense.

The October 2013 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll asked Texans about the likelihood of privacy violations by a number of private and public ...

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