Poll: Support for Patriot Act shrinks the more people know about it
Associated Press | August 30 2005
A University of Connecticut poll says fewer than half of Americans know the purpose of the Patriot Act, and the more they know about it the less they like it.
The poll was conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at UConn. It said 42 percent are able to correctly identify the law's main purpose of enhancing surveillance procedures for federal law enforcement agencies.
Almost two-thirds of all Americans, 64 percent, said they support the Patriot Act. But support dropped to 57 percent among those who could accurately identify the intent of the legislation.
The House and Senate have voted to extend provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire at the end of this year, making many of those provisions permanent. A conference committee is scheduled to try this fall to work out differences in the House and Senate versions of the legislation.