Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Unfortunately, this really isn't surprising

Mike Riggs, in a report at the blog Hit and Run, comments on recent poll results from Pew showing that Democrats flipped their attitudes towards the NSA survailence programs once they had Obama in the White House.  The results also show the Republicans doing the same, but in the other direction, of course.  Here's the graph from Riggs's post:

Riggs expresses strong surprise -- almost dismay, really -- at these findings:
Could it be that sharing a party ID with whoever's in the White House is a better indicator of one's opinion on major civil liberties issues, than, say principle? I AM REALLY STARTING TO THINK SO.
While I find those results interesting, I definitely don't find them surprising.  Perhaps it's due to my cynical nature about the American public, but I don't think the average American is either knowledgeable or principled enough to resist the temptation to change his views on a wide range of political and economic issues as a function of the party affiliation of those in power.