Americans are divided over the government's domestic surveillance, but think their rights and freedoms could be threatened by the spying, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.
The survey of 1.014 adults was taken June 11-13, as news about two surveillance programs dominated the news.
Asked if "the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens," 62 percent said yes.
But the public saw some value in the programs, and were critical of self-confessed leaker Edward Snowden.
"As you may know, details of the government collection of phone records and internet data were revealed when a former government contractor named Edward Snowden leaked classified information about those government programs to two newspapers. Do you approve or disapprove of Snowden's actions?" the poll asked.
Forty-four percent approved, while 52 percent disapproved.
Opinion was split on whether the programs were right. "Do you think the Obama administration was right or wrong in gathering and analyzing those phone records?" the survey asked. Fifty-one percent said it was right, while 48 percent said it was wrong.