Snowden leaks: 72% of Lib Dems say he was in the right – and 69% think state surveillance powers should be cut back
by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2013
Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.
Edward Snowden’s leaking of US and British intelligence material revealed the extent of the authorities’ surveillance – what do Lib Dem members make of it all?
Almost three-quarters (72%) say Snowden right to leak intelligence files to media
Earlier this year Edward Snowden, an IT contractor working for the CIA, leaked confidential documents to the press about how the United States government was monitoring telephone calls and emails. Do you think Mr. Snowden was right or wrong to give this information to the press?
72% – Right
17% – Wrong
8% – Don’t know
3% – Other
69% say state authorities’ surveillance powers should be cut back
Do you think the state authorities have too many powers to carry out surveillance on ordinary people in Britain, too few powers to carry out surveillance, or is the balance about right?
69% – Have too many surveillance powers – they should be cut back
1% – Do not have enough surveillance powers – they should be given greater powers
21% – The balance is about right
4% – Don’t know
4% – Other
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.