July 26, 2013

Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment

Court Approval a Big Factor in Public Support

APPENDIX: THE SURVEY QUESTION

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

July 11-14 and 18-21, 2013 Omnibus surveys

ASK FORM 1/ FORM 2/ FORM 3/ FORM 4: EACH A RANDOM ONE-QUARTER OF SAMPLE:
PEW.A Thinking about the debate over the U.S. government’s surveillance programs, would you favor or oppose the government [INSERT ITEM FROM “WHAT” LIST; RANDOMIZE] [INSERT ITEM FROM “HOW” LIST; RANDOMIZE] [INSERT ITEM FROM “WHY” LIST; RANDOMIZE]?

WHAT
A. Collecting data, such as date, time and phone numbers, from nearly all phone calls made in the U.S.
B. Collecting data, such as date, time and e-mail addresses from nearly all e-mail communications in the U.S.
C. Collecting recordings of nearly all phone calls made in the U.S.
D. Collecting the text of nearly all e-mail communications in the U.S.

HOW
E. With court approval
F. [BLANK]

WHY
G. As part of anti-terrorism efforts
H. [BLANK]

RESPONSE OPTIONS:
1 Favor
2 Oppose
9 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

Cite this publication: “Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2013) http://www.people-press.org/2013/07/26/government-surveillance-a-question-wording-experiment/, accessed on July 23, 2014.