Snowden Is a Hero, say 51% of Americans

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Snowden Is a Hero, say 51% of Americans

Echoing previous survey, results of new poll show more than half of those in U.S. view Edward Snowden as more of a whistleblower than traitor

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Andrea Germanos, staff writer

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51% of Americans think whistleblower Edward Snowden is “something of a hero," according to results of a new survey.

The results of the Angus Reid Global online poll, which surveyed 4,500 Canadians, Britons and Americans, were released to the Huffington Post on Wednesday.

The poll asked respondents to choose between labeling Snowden as “something of a hero who should be commended for letting the public know that our governments are running electronic surveillance programs that threaten people’s privacy" or “more of a traitor who should be condemned for publicizing security activities and threatening western intelligence operations." 

Support for the whistleblower was much higher in the UK and Canada than in the U.S.;  67% of those polled in Canada and 60% of those polled in the UK identified Snowden as a hero.

The polling results follow similar findings from a Quinnipiac poll released this summer which revealed that 55% of those in the U.S. viewed Snowden as more of a whistleblower, not a traitor.

Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said of those results: "The verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment."

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