Poll: Obama fails to persuade Americans on NSA reform

Poll: Obama fails to persuade Americans on NSA reform

Reforms to US surveillance announced by President Barack Obama have failed to reassure most Americans, with three-quarters saying their privacy will not be better protected under the changes, according to a new poll.

By a margin of 73-21 percent, Americans who followed Obama’s speech last week on the National Security Agency say his proposals will not make much difference when it comes to safeguarding privacy rights, said the Pew Research Center/USA Today poll published on Tuesday.

The poll of 1,504 adults, carried out between Wednesday and Sunday, showed the speech was not widely followed by Americans and that skepticism of the NSA’s electronic spying is growing.

The survey said half of those surveyed heard “nothing at all” about Obama’s proposed measures and another 41 percent said they heard “only a little bit.”

And fully seven in 10 poll respondents said they should not have to give up privacy to stay safe from potential terror attacks, the poll said.

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