VOTERS SEE LEAKS TO PRESS AN ACT OF TREASON
For weeks, President Trump has condemned persistent leaks of sensitive information to the press, adding credence to the idea that a deep-seated “shadow government” has launched a coup against his administration. Mr. Trump is not alone in his disgust for the practice. The public does not approve of leak-happy culture in the federal government and elsewhere; the majority of Americans, in fact, equate the act with treason.
“When politics is the name of the game, one man’s treason is another man’s service to the nation,” says a new Rasmussen Reports survey that finds that 53 percent of all likely voters consider the leaking of classified information to the news media to be an act of treason. Thirty percent disagree, 18 percent are undecided. And of course there is partisan divide.
“While 73 percent of Republicans consider the leaking of classified information which plagues the Trump administration as treasonous, only half as many Democrats (36 percent) feel that way. Voters not affiliated with either major party agree by a 50 percent to 27 percent margin that the leaks are an act of treason,” the poll analysis noted.
Voters appear to agree with President Trump that leaks of classified information to the press is an act of treason.