This week's news has been dominated by reports on Edward Snowden, the government consultant who disclosed classified information on NSA surveillance programs to the press. Americans have expressed a range of reactions to Snowden, with some considering him a hero acting to protect civil liberties from government abuse and others considering him a traitor who damaged a key national security tool.
As a market research company, we at Survata couldn't resist probing this topic. We wondered whether perception of Snowden differed by gender. Turns out, it does.
We surveyed 1,207 Americans from June 12 to June 13, and asked them:
Last week, Edward Snowden disclosed to the press details of a classified National Security Agency surveillance program. What is your opinion of his actions?
After excluding the respondents who said they were not familiar with the Snowden story, we found that men are 50% more likely than women to support Snowden. Counterintuitively, men are also 13% more likely than women to oppose Snowden. This is possible because women are significantly more likely to have no opinion (yet) on Snowden.
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Footnotes for our fellow data geeks
- To the question listed above, respondents could answer: I strongly support his actions; I somewhat support his actions; I have no opinion / I am not sure; I somewhat oppose his actions; I strongly oppose his actions; I am not familiar with this story.
- For our analyses we excluded all respondents who answered "I am not familiar with this story."