Of Slippery Slopes

… By 2011, only 25 percent of those polled were willing to have their civil liberties violated while 71 percent were not.

More recently, following the Boston bombings, there was bit of a relapse; a CNN/Time/ORC International survey found that 40 percent of respondents were willing to give up civil liberties to fight terrorism.

Still, people were more sensitive about the monitoring of cellphone activity and e-mails. [cont.]

Charles M. Blow, New York Times

Recent polls: Counter-terrorism and surveillance