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What can unite liberals and tea partyers? The NSA

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Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency are uniting an unlikely combination - tea partyers and liberals.

They're on opposite sides of the political divide. But people to the right and left of mainstream America are sounding a lot alike on this issue.

An Associated Press-GfK poll shows that when compared with moderate Republicans or Democrats, tea party supporters and liberals are significantly more likely to oppose sweeping collection of people's telephone and Internet data.

President Barack Obama is a point of division in the anti-surveillance coalition.

Eight in 10 tea partyers dislike how he's handled the issue. Only about half of liberals disapprove.

By a 2-to-1 margin, tea-party supporters and liberals say the government should put protecting citizens' rights and freedoms ahead of protecting them from terrorists.

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