SC

SC Poll: Privacy Trumps Security

South Carolina Republican voters want government to stop spying on them – even if it means giving up some of their “security.” According to a consultant for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a poll was conducted earlier this month on behalf of the Senator’s reelection campaign which asked registered Palmetto State…

South Carolina Republican voters want government to stop spying on them – even if it means giving up some of their “security.”

According to a consultant for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a poll was conducted earlier this month on behalf of the Senator’s reelection campaign which asked registered Palmetto State Republicans whether they supported the NSA’s domestic spying program.

Except that’s not exactly how the question was asked …

“It was put in the context of protecting them from Islamic terrorists,” the consultant told us. “It was written to get the highest possible level of support for the program.”

The result? Shockingly, 51 percent of SCGOP voters said they still opposed the program, compared to only 30 percent who said they supported it. The remaining percentage either couldn’t decide or declined to answer the question.

So … why is this “shocking?”

First of all, national polling on the “privacy versus security” question has always favored security. Also South Carolina is a state which boasts a larger-than-usual military population – and these voters tend to uniformly support neoconservative candidates like Graham, a staunch defender of the domestic spying program.

Such a broad gap in favor of privacy rights – particularly given the way this question was worded – could be a major development in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

Unfortunately, at this point it is unlikely to accrue to the benefit of one of Graham’s most credible primary challengers – Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace.

Mace has disappointed some liberty advocates early on in her U.S. Senate candidacy by refusing to take what they believe to be a sufficiently firm position on the domestic spying debate.

“She’s Graham-lite,” one fiscally conservative state lawmaker told FITS.

FITS sought comment on this debate from S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and former congressional candidate Richard Cash – both of whom are also seeking Graham’s seat – but neither immediately responded to our inquiries.

All three candidates will appear at a forum in Charleston, S.C. next week, though.

Related posts

SC

S.C. Attorney General Leads Parental Rights Coalition

Erin Parrott
SC

South Carolina Attorney General Addresses Title IX Changes

FITSNews
SC

It’s Getting Hot In South Carolina

Will Folks

7 comments

? August 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

“She’s Graham-lite,”

That’s an accurate comment.

“but neither immediately responded to our inquiries”

So they smartened(is that a word?) up?

If these folks wanna do things the smart way, theypunch the punching bag(Ms. Lindsey) until a few weeks before the primary and stop throwing mud pies at each other….then they get together over beers, coffee…whatever…and do some horse trading to figure our who’s gonna drop out and hand over endorsements to the leading challenger poll wise to Graham.

Good thing I don’t believe in the political process, cause all of you would be really screwed and gay Wes would be out of business.

Reply
okay August 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

Yeah, yeah… Everyone says it’s a travesty that we lack privacy until an attack happens.If we failed to stop a dirty bomb or chemical weapon, etc… guess what, your civil liberties are gone, and most people won’t mind if it means they don’t get blown up in the future. Call me cynical, but I don’t have anything to hide. Terrorists do, though.

Reply
Frank Pytel August 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

You don’t have anything to hide?

okay. Hellofa name.

Reply
idiotwind August 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

amazingly, under a republican administration, all these things will be ok again.

Reply
Frank Pytel August 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

No whiner.

Reply
PattiAnn August 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Exactly. The GOP only denounces the program because they associate it with Obama. If Romney was in the WH, it would be OK.

Reply
lowcorider August 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Until a bomb goes off, then they’ll cry like little bitches.
Repubs=Fox lemmings.

Reply

Leave a Comment