The Washington Times - August 1, 2013, 10:18AM

Most American voters think NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum by Russia, is a whistle-blower and not a traitor.

That’s according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, which finds that 55 percent of voters say he’s a whistle-blower, compared to 34 percent who say he’s a traitor. The numbers are identical to those in a poll released last month.

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But Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, certainly appeared to be aware that the timing of the poll, which was taken from July 28-31 and before the news broke about Russia’s granting him temporary asylum, is important.

“Most American voters think positively of Edward Snowden, but that was before he accepted asylum in Russia,” Mr. Brown said.

The survey of 1,468 registered voters has a margin of 2.6 percentage points.