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Most Americans value privacy over safety, poll shows

WASHINGTON — Most Americans are unimpressed with President Obama’s efforts to restore trust in government following disclosures about secret surveillance programs that swept up the phone records of hundreds of millions of people in the United States.

And Americans are increasingly placing personal privacy ahead of being kept safe from terrorists, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. More than 60 percent of respondents said they value privacy over antiterror protections. That’s up slightly from 58 percent in a similar poll in August.

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