Scienc 20 - A majority of Americans, 54 percent, say it can be necessary for the government to sacrifice freedoms to fight terrorism.
About 50 percent of Americans think it is acceptable to allow warrantless government analysis of Internet activities and communications--even of American citizens--in order to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, only about 30 percent are against this type of government investigation.
Only about 25 percent of Americans say protecting their rights and freedoms as citizens is more critical than being kept secure. 40 percent say safety is more important than civil liberties. 30 percent say both are equally important.
Almost 66 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Independents favor the analysis of Internet activity and communication by the government without a warrant.