- Jul 31, 2005
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A majority of Americans want the Bush administration to get court approval before eavesdropping on people inside the United States, even if the calls might involve suspected terrorists, an AP-Ipsos poll shows.
Over the past three weeks, President Bush and top aides have defended the electronic monitoring program they secretly launched shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, as a vital tool to protect the nation from al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Yet 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mail messages of U.S. citizens when those communications are believed to be tied to terrorism.
Agreeing with the White House, about 42 percent of those surveyed do not believe the court approval is necessary.
According to the poll, age matters in how people view the monitoring. Nearly two-thirds of those 18 to 29 believe warrants should be required, while people 65 and older are evenly divided.
Party affiliation is a factor, too. Almost three-fourths of Democrats and one-third of Republicans want to require court warrants.
The last poll I saw on the subject didn't asked the specific question about spying without warrants. This one seems to ask that question.