What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy

A key section of the USA Patriot Act, enacted in response to the 9/11 attacks 14 years ago, is scheduled to expire this weekend amid a debate in Congress over how best to balance the national security and privacy interests of Americans.

Overall, Americans hold nuanced views on the issue: A majority is against the government collecting bulk data on its citizens, and most believe there are not adequate limits on the types of data collected. But Americans do generally support monitoring the communications activity of suspected terrorists. CONT.

George Gao, Pew