The Pew Research Center’s 2014 Global attitudes survey asked 48,643 respondents in 44 countries what they thought about the American government monitoring communications, such as emails and phone calls, in the U.S. and other countries. Specifically, global publics were asked whether the U.S. government’s alleged monitoring of communications from individuals suspected of terrorist activities, American citizens, citizens of the survey countries or the leaders of the survey countries is acceptable or unacceptable.

Median percentages across 43 countries saying it is acceptable or unacceptable for the U.S. government to monitor the communications of ____

  • Unacceptable
  • Acceptable
(Survey Country) Citizens
81%
12%
(Survey Country) Leaders
73
20
American Citizens
62
31
Suspected Terrorists
29
64

Note: Global medians exclude U.S.; Source: Spring 2014 Global Attitudes survey

Explore the individual country responses for all these values on the following pages. You can sort by country, region or response category. Click on a country name to display how people in that nation view U.S. electronic surveillance.

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