January 23, 2008 | By Kurt Opsahl

Strong Majority of Voters Oppose Telecom Immunity

The Melman Group, a national polling organization commissioned by the ACLU, recently published a poll finding that 57 percent of likely voters opposed immunity for the telecommunications carriers who participated in the government's warrantless surveillance program, while only a third supported letting the telecoms off the hook. The poll had a margin of error of +/-3.1%. As shown by the poll:

Opposition to immunity is widespread, cutting across ideology and geography. Majorities of liberals, moderates, and conservatives agree that courts should decide the outcomes of these legal actions (liberals: 64% let courts decide, 26% give immunity; moderates: 58% let courts decide, 34% give immunity; conservatives: 50% let courts decide, 38% give immunity).

The response from activists has been overwhelming; these poll numbers are overwhelming, but the Senate is still liable to pass a surveillance bill granting immunity to lawbreaking telecoms. It's time to overwhelm Congress with a new dimension of our voice -- visit StopTheSpying.org to find new ways of driving the point home -- the public opposes telecom immunity.


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