Academic Director, YouGov

Q: Thinking about the balance between privacy and security in Britain, which of the following statements comes closest to your view?

<1> More should be done to protect the privacy of ordinary people, even if this puts some limits on what the security forces can do to combat terrorism
<2> More should be done to help the security forces combat terrorism, even if this means the privacy of ordinary people suffers
<3> The current balance between combatting terrorism and protecting privacy is about right
<4> Don’t Know/None of these


Results (click on dates to see full results)

                               Do more to protect privacy Do more to help sec forces Balance about right DK/None
  % % % %
Feb 19 15 39 28 18
Nov 18 15 41 27 17
Jun 18 13 44 26 17
Mar 18 18 39 24 19
Nov 17 15 44 23 18
Jun 17 14 52 20 14
Feb 17 17 34 28 20
Oct 16 15 42 26 16
Jul 16 14 43 25 17
Mar 16 16 46 23 15
Feb 16 14 48 26 12
Jan 16 15 49 24 12
Dec 15 15 51 22 13
Oct 15 16 45 25 14
Sep 15 17 46 23 14
Aug 15 16 48 24 13
Jul 15 16 50 21 13
Jun 15 14 52 21 13
May 15 17 43 26 13
Mar 15 17 45 24 13
Feb 15 17 47 25 11
Jan 15 15 46 25 15

Methodology: Fieldwork is conducted online. The data have been weighted and results are representative of all British adults aged 18 or over.

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