WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The majority of Americans, close to 60 percent, believe the government is failing to protect their rights to privacy, according to a new Associated Press Poll.
But on this 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, it's timely to think about the reasons these government surveillance programs exist. Americans are still anxious about terrorism. About 6 in 10 Americans say they're actually willing to sacrifice some of their rights if it'll keep them safer.
“I don't have anything to hide,” Linda Robertson of Agawam said. “It's perfectly alright with me.”
“I think the government needs to know things to protect us and I'm willing to share my information.”
Still others, like Jake Brouillette of South Hadley, are afraid about the government encroaching on people’s rights.
“The government should really just leave the people alone. We're all entitled to our own privacy. It's our freedom,” he said.
The poll also found a growing number of Americans are more comfortable with some of the safety precautions that came into affect post 9-11.
Many people were outraged when full-body scans and more pat-downs were implemented at airports, but the number of Americans in favor of that has increased since 2011.