I wasn’t quite sure where to put this, but flipped a coin and decided to put it here. I don’t think it’s as simple as “the polled people are scared of terrorists.” I think many figure, “hey, I’m in public anyway, and everyone knows you can’t cry ‘privacy’ when in public, so what’s the difference between having cops watch me and having cameras do it?” From there, it’s not a big jump to thinking that they don’t infringe on civil liberties.
I mean, the London cameras mentioned in the article are pretty popular there. Does this poll mean anything, as far as attitudes towards surveillance are concerned? Is the majority right somehow?