Majority of voters think leaking classified information is treasonous
...I see the current leaks as in the service of a coup attempt by some in the intelligence services against President Trump. Many Democrats also seem to be bent in that direction.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just over half (53%) of all Likely U.S. Voters still consider the leaking of classified information to the media to be an act of treason. Thirty percent (30%) disagree, while 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
This is largely the same way voters felt in November 2010 following WikiLeaks’ publication of top secret U.S. government data related to the war in Afghanistan and other defense and foreign policy issues.
But while 73% of Republicans consider the leaking of classified information which plagues the Trump administration as treasonous, only half as many Democrats (36%) feel that way now. Voters not affiliated with either major party agree by a 50% to 27% margin that the leaks are an act of treason.
A closer look finds that 56% of GOP voters and 49% of unaffiliateds believe the media is hurting national security when it publishes government secrets, but Democrats by a 42% to 36% margin say it is doing a public service. In 2010 with a Democrat in the White House, 61% of voters in his party said the media was hurting national security by releasing secret government information, and 84% of Republicans and 72% of unaffiliated voters agreed.