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Poll: NC doesn’t like Patriot Act

Nearly two-thirds of those polled in North Carolina think the Patriot Act should not be reauthorized in its current form.

That’s the sentiment regardless of party affiliation, age or gender, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which released the results of a survey conducted by a pair of polling firms, one Democrat and one Republican.

The youngest voters -- generally the Millennials -- and independents favor curtailing the government’s power to conduct surveillance on American citizens. Four in five North Carolinians said they are concerned that the government is storing their personal information.

On other privacy issues, 83 percent of respondents think local police and the FBI should be required to obtain warrants to search phone and email records. Also, 73 percent favor protecting communications with their pastors.

Congress is considering renewing arts of the Patriot Act.

The poll was conducted of 400 likely voters between April 24 and 28, and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent. The firms conducting the poll were Global Strategy Group and G² Public Strategies.