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Forty percent of Massachusetts residents oppose the government’s obtaining telephone records and electronic information of Americans, according to a new Boston Globe poll, while a quarter of Bay Staters support those efforts.
The survey, conducted a week after disclosure of secret government surveillance programs, also found that more than a third have not heard enough to form an opinion or are neutral on the issue.
Intelligence officials say the programs, which collect millions of US phone records and a wide swath of Internet communication, are operated lawfully and narrowly under judicial review, and are essential to national security.
But privacy advocates and a number of members of Congress believe the data gathering goes too far. US Representatives from Massachusetts have been among the strongest critics of the programs.