Partisanship in Everything: Views of the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance

by John Sides on June 10, 2013 · 3 comments

in Political Parties,Public opinion

From a new Washington Post/Pew survey:

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The shifting views of Democrats and Republicans between 2006 and 2013 is reminiscent of many other trends noted on this blog—such as in views of Ben Bernanke.

But there’s one way in which these results show how there isn’t partisanship in everything.  Note than in the 2013 poll, there are only muted partisan differences in views of the NSA’s surveillance program.  As I noted last week, there is bipartisan support for this program at the elite level, and unsurprisingly the public reflects this consensus.

{ 3 comments }

Scott June 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Don’t you think value differences are an alternative explanation to the muted partisan difference in 2013? Absent any partisanship effect, conservatives should be more likely to support these types of policies. So we should expect the greatest polarization when partisanship and values align (2006) and the weakest polarization when they cut against each other (2013).

Adam June 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I agree with Scott. Value conflict seems the most logical explanation for the differential partisan gap — and that would include among elites (which would be consistent with John’s assertion about public opinion following elite cues).

Samson July 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I am a republican and I don’t want a monkey government agency breathing down my neck while I surf the web.

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