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]?
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.
E. With court approval
G. As part of anti-terrorism efforts
9 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)