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• 45 percent overall say Mr. Snowden’s leak of NSA information “served the public interest”; 45 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of Democrats, 47 percent of independents and 53 percent of tea party members agree.

• 57 percent of those under 30 and 35 percent of those over 65 also agree.

• 43 percent overall say the leaked information “harmed the public interest”; 43 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of Democrats, 42 percent of independents and 39 percent of tea party members agree.

• 35 percent of those under 30 and 43 percent of those over 65 also agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center/USA Today survey of 1,504 U.S, adults conducted Jan. 15-19.

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