Great news from WaPo/ABC poll: 13% of Americans understand due process

Great news from WaPo/ABC poll: 13% of Americans understand due process

Today, ABC unveiled another section of questions from last week’s poll dealing with the Orlando terror attack….

…The pollster asked whether respondents supported “blocking people from buying guns if they appear on the FBI’s list of people with possible connections to terrorism,” which doesn’t exactly provide the context of due process. However, that question got asked after the query about supporting “increasing surveillance of people suspected of possible links to terrorism, even if that intrudes on privacy rights,” which clearly does imply the constitutional issues at hand.  And the answer to that question was …

Additionally, 72 percent support increasing surveillance of people suspected of possible links to terrorism even if it intrudes on privacy rights. That follows a historical pattern of willingness to forgo privacy for safety when it comes to countering the threat of terrorism.

Sigh, as Hillary Clinton would say out loud. We’ve covered the centrality of due process to core liberty interests on a number of occasions, but just for the record….

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