POLL: NSA, IRS More Trusted With Privacy, Personal Data Than Facebook, Google

The National Security Agency is still dealing with the fallout from its Prism long-term Internet spying initiative, and the Internal Revenue Service will never win any popularity contests, but according to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, respondents trusted the NSA and the IRS more than Facebook and Google.

According to the poll of 1,013 adults from Sept. 4 through 8, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, 61 percent of respondents did not trust Facebook “at all” to protect their privacy or personal information, and 48 percent said the same about Google. Meanwhile, 45 percent expressed those sentiments about the IRS, and just 40 percent about the NSA.

Following are the complete results of the related questions, via Reason-Rupe:

Do you trust Facebook a lot, some, only a little, or not at all to protect your privacy and personal information?

  • A lot, 2 percent
  • Some, 8 percent
  • Only a little, 15 percent
  • Not at all, 61 percent
  • Not applicable, 12 percent
  • Don’t know/refused, 2 percent

Do you trust Google a lot, some, only a little, or not at all to protect your privacy and personal information?

  • A lot, 7 percent
  • Some, 15 percent
  • Only a little, 19 percent
  • Not at all, 48 percent
  • Not applicable, 7 percent
  • Don’t know/refused, 3 percent

Do you trust the IRS a lot, some, only a little, or not at all to protect your privacy and personal information?

  • A lot, 11 percent
  • Some, 22 percent
  • Only a little, 18 percent
  • Not at all, 45 percent
  • Not applicable, 1 percent
  • Don’t know/refused, 2 percent

Do you trust the NSA a lot, some, only a little, or not at all to protect your privacy and personal information?

  • A lot, 11 percent
  • Some, 26 percent
  • Only a little, 19 percent
  • Not at all, 40 percent
  • Not applicable, 1 percent
  • Don’t know/refused, 2 percent

Readers: Were you surprised by the results of the Reason-Rupe poll?

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