Poll: 53% of Americans want to see Edward Snowden prosecuted

What do you think about Edward Snowden?

Published Thu, Aug 13 2015 4:39 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

Just mentioning Edward Snowden tends to elicit a lot of emotion from Americans, and while many of you applaud what he did, it looks like many Americans would like to see the former NSA contractor prosecuted.

Poll: 53% of Americans want to see Edward Snowden prosecuted | TweakTown.com

Fifty-three percent of Americans believe the federal government should prosecute Snowden, while 26 percent don't want to see the American face charges if he comes home, according to a poll from Morning Consult. Meanwhile, 29 percent would "strongly support a criminal case" if American authorities detain Snowden.

It doesn't look like politics are playing much of a roll, with 64 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of Democrats, and 44 percent of independents supporting charges.

The White House not surprisingly shot down a public petition to pardon Snowden, and American voters don't have much sympathy for the former NSA contractor. Forty-three percent don't feel he should be pardoned, with 33 percent saying they'd approve of a pardon.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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