A poll on "employed Americans" seems like a strange demographic to poll? I cannot think of why someone would chose such an odd demographic. I am looking forward to reading the questions.
another poll in favor of snowden: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/edward-snowden-supp...
if you ask them if he should stand trial, they also agree with that. tweaking the poll question can make a significant difference.
You can simultaneously believe that what someone did was the right thing and think that they still need to stand trial. Now, believing those two and not thinking some sort of reform is necessary might be a harder position to hold.
It depends on the question asked.
I can't wrap my head around the other 20%, esp. in the latter statistic. What do they think the world looks like?
 See for instance the recent discussion on TrueCrypt, with some commenters refusing to believe any agency would force the developers to install a backdoor, due to the ostensible lack of any known explicit legal precedent or authority in the public domain, etc.
However, they are still using a phone and pretty much all their call metadata are recorded at least...
All in all, direct data access thru API's isn't a bad thing in general because it provides a fast response option but also we should have in mind the human factor error option and the misuse of the API's for the sake of personal interest and that should really make any citizen worried.
Did he endangered the security of the USA ? No. We all had assumptions about it before but they weren't yet confirmed.
Did the weakening of the security protocols endangered the USA/World economy and the security of the USA/World citizens? Absolutely YES. Anyone could reverse-engineer the weakened protocol.
All in all:
Did he did the right thing regarding his employer? No.
Did he did the right thing regarding the rest of us? Yes.
I still dont believe the general public understands the gravity of the situation. Now the US is looking way worse than China. Most people still dont understand how tarnishing this is to our already horrible image abroad.
Do you not see any irony in you being allowed to saythis online?
The US is bad, but it is hyperbole to suggest that the US is "way worse" than China. How many political dissidents does the US execute or imprison, for one example?
I didnt say we were way worse than China I said we are looking way worse (this is in regards to spying not human rights, pollution or other issues). Its one thing to claim China is conducting corporate espionage abroad. But its also pretty bad to say we are indiscriminately spying on people in entire countries. Literally the entire country.
"Employed Americans" isn't a typical survey category, and the author makes no attempt at explaining why "Employed Americans" was a more relevant demographic to survey than all americans, all adults, all adults between ages of x and y, etc. Nor does the author present equivalent statistics for the more commonly surveyed demographics.
"Nearly one in two employed Americans" really just means almost 50%, and could be misleading on quick glance.