WASHINGTON — Americans and Europeans do not approve of their governments spying on their allies, according to a recent poll.
Reuters reported that Germany was the loudest advocate against government spying on private phone and internet use, where there was an uproar of reports of American officials spying on their German counterparts.
These revelations came from NSA leaker and current exile Edward Snowden, who is hiding out in Russia. The poll, conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, found that 70% of Germans said that it would not be justified if their government spied on their own people for national security purposes. The organization is a U.S. think-tank that promotes North American-European cooperation. 25% of Germans in the poll disagreed with the anti-surveillance sentiments.
There were similar results when asked about spying on allies. 72% opposed it and 20% supported spying on allies. The poll was conducted in early September of this year and consisted of about 1,000 respondents.
Americans, on the other hand, are less vocal about spying on their allies. 44% opposed it while 33% were in favor of it. But, that number jumps to 54% when asked about whether the U.S. government should spy on its citizens.
43% of British citizens felt spying on allies was unjustified with 30% in favor of it. When asked about domestic spying on citizens, it was 44% against and 33% in favor.