Share This Article with a Friend!

New Poll: Most Americans Believe the Government Spies on Journalists, Like Sharyl Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson










A new poll from Rasmussen Reports confirms the damage done by the Obama-era abuses by the FBI and other intelligence agencies and gives further evidence that Americans are on the side of investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson and others who are trying to rip the veil of secrecy off Obama’s domestic spying operations.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to support Sharyl Attkisson’s 4th Amendment litigation against Obama-era government officials by donating to her GoFundMe account through this link.

According to the Rasmussen survey 61 percent of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that the U.S. government spies on critical journalists and political opponents, only 24 percent think it’s unlikely.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 10 & 13, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology through this link.

This latest poll gives shows significant movement from the results of a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted in the spring of 2017, that found that 47 percent of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely Obama or his top aides were aware that the nation's intelligence agencies were spying on the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team, including 32 percent who believe it’s Very Likely. But 42 percent don’t think it’s likely, with 27 percent who say it’s Not at All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A third of voters (33 percent) told Rasmussen in 2017 that senior members of the Obama administration spread secretly obtained information about the incoming president and his team to members of the media. Roughly half (48 percent) of voters, however, disagree with that assertion. Another 19 percent were not sure.

There was a strong partisan gap on both questions. Among Republican voters, 73 percent say Obama and his inner circle were aware of the spying on Trump officials, and 59 percent of those voters believed secretly obtained information was leaked to the press. Most Democrats disagree with both of those statements. Voters not affiliated with either political party are more evenly divided on both questions.

Leaking the names of any Americans revealed in surveillance efforts could be a crime, but just 27 percent think it's at least somewhat likely criminal charges will be brought against any government employees for spreading secretly obtained information about Trump and his team to the media. Sixty-six percent (66 percent) say it’s not likely criminal charges will be filed against government employees. These figures include 11 percent who say it’s Very Likely and 28 percent who say it’s Not at All Likely that charges will be filed.

Most voters across the partisan spectrum agree that charges won’t be filed against government employees for the alleged leaks. In fact, most voters across the demographic board agree with that assessment.

One of the few tools that the American people have to pry open the vault of secrecy that has been erected around the Obama-era intelligence asset and capability abuses is the lawsuit award winning independent journalist Sheryl Attkisson has brought against the government for spying on her.

Ms. Attkisson’s landmark case against the DOJ for electronically surveilling her computers.  Multiple forensics exams have revealed the government-related remote efforts to monitor her. Government agents most likely did it because she had the "audacity" to dig into facts regarding wasteful green energy spending, as well as the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals.

Five independent forensic exams that uncovered the remote surveillance, including government I.P. addresses, listening in with her computer microphone and monitoring her keystrokes.  Classified documents were planted on her computer, perhaps to justify a wiretap or frame a particular whistleblower who was speaking to Attkisson.

Ms. Attkisson told The American Thinker’s Elise Cooper posted emails by WikiLeaks from a federal intel-connected contractor that give a hint as to the Obama administration's apparent plan to crack down on journalists.  They refer to an effort supposedly led by John Brennan, who later became Obama's CIA director.  "These top officials at the federal contractor titled the email 'Obama leak investigations.  For internal use only, do not forward.'  They said how 'Brennan is behind the witch-hunt of investigative journalists learning information from inside Beltway sources' and that there was 'a specific tasker from the White House to go after anyone printing material negative to the Obama agenda.'  I would think there are probably a dozen or so journalists that were targeted besides me."

Back in 2017, forty-seven (47 percent) believe America’s intelligence agencies have their own political agenda. Thirty-nine percent (39 percent) disagreed and thought they perform impartially. Still, most voters gave intelligence agencies positive marks for their overall performance.

The 14-point movement from 2017 to today shows, despite the media studiously ignoring the story, or in some cases running interference for the Obama administration malefactors, the American people have come to understand the intelligence abuses perpetrated during the Obama years.

However, as time passes, it becomes less and less likely that Congress or the media will ever plumb the depth of the abuses of intelligence assets and capabilities deployed by Obama against the Trump campaign and transition, and journalists, such as Sheryl Attkisson.

If you are one of the 61 percent of Americans who believes the government spies on journalists and political opponents, then we urge you to support Sharyl Attkisson’s 4th Amendment litigation against Obama-era government officials by donating to her GoFundMe account through this link.

Share this

Government spying on journalists

I won't go as far as saying it's not possible, it certainly is. However, most good journalists (not the MSM type) are far too intelligent and keep their notes, recordings, etc. in a safe, memorized or somewhere that prying eyes are blind to. There are however newsletters-modern day newspapers, but more immediate. Most of the press died out in the late '80s, you won't like to read this part, but that was when the administration began the dumbing down of America in earnest. I'll bet you thought Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, most of those guys were giving you the real news. Sorry no. In the near future the press didn't stick to who, what, where, why, when and how, they made up half of the story, but did get the basic facts. I'm sure you remember Bryan Williams and another totally making up a story or two on tv. Am I saying you're dumb? I doubt it, their experiment (MKUltra and another) failed. Liberals still don't fall into the dumb category, narcissistic useful tools yes.