Heartland Monitor: Americans Concerned about Privacy, Trust Law Enforcement

 Heartland Monitor: Americans Concerned about Privacy, Trust Law Enforcement

Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll shows a healthy skepticism
about data collection and surveillance, and varying degrees of trust in
institutions to responsibly use personal information

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent headlines focusing on
government collection of telephone records within the United States may
further stoke the underlying worries that the American public has about data
privacy and electronic surveillance. New figures from the quarterly
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, which will be released in
full on June 13, asked Americans their impression of the likelihood that their
personal information is available to businesses, government, individuals and
other groups without their consent.

A full 85 percent of Americans believe their communications history, like
phone calls, emails and internet use, are accessible to businesses, the
government and others. 

The poll - conducted days before the Verizon controversy erupted - also finds
that just 48 percent of Americans have "some" or a "great deal" of trust in
the government when it comes to the use of their personal data. Similarly,
cell phone and internet service providers are trusted by just 48 percent of
the public.

Americans are also divided on possible steps to improve national security,
with just 10 percent supporting "expanded government monitoring of cell phone
and email activities." Rather, the public is more likely to favor "increased
use of camera surveillance of public places," with 44 percent supporting the
measure, followed by "increased censorship of websites and less freedom to
access sources on the Internet" (at 16 percent). However, a full 42 percent of
respondents said they oppose all three options.

The full release of Heartland Monitor XVII will take place at the Newseum in
Washington D.C. on Thursday June 13 at 8:30 a.m. Speakers and more information
about the event entitled "All Eyes on Privacy: Transparency in the New
Economy" can be found at:

Additional information on the polling series can be found at:

Key Findings

Likelihood that communications history, like phone calls, emails and internet
use information is available to business and government:

  oVery Likely – 58 percent
  oSomewhat Likely – 27 percent
  oNot very Likely – 8 percent
  oNot at all Likely – 6 percent

Percentage of respondents that trust in groups to responsibly use information:

  oThe government - 48 percent
  oCell phone and internet service providers – 48 percent

Willing to support in the interest of improved national security:

  oIncreased camera surveillance of public places – 44 percent
  oIncreased censorship of websites and less freedom to access sources on the
    Internet – 16 percent
  oExpanded government monitoring of cell phone and email activities -10
  oI don't support any of these options - 42 percent

Survey Methodology
Since April 2009, the Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Polls have
explored American attitudes on the changing economy. The most recent
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll, was conducted by FTI
Consulting, from May 29 – June 2, 2013 among N=1,000 American adults age 18+.
Respondents were reached via landline and cell phone. The sample margin of
error for a sample of 1,000 respondents is +/- 3.1%.

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through
its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and
Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products
(auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial
and 1-800 Allstate^®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate^®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local
communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and
the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit
organizations and important causes across the United States.

About National Journal Group
National Journal is Washington's premier source for 360-degree insight on
politics and policy. With up-to-the-minute breaking news and analysis at
NationalJournal.com, the essential intelligence of National Journal Daily, the
knowledge and depth of National Journal magazine, and the comprehensive
campaign coverage of National Journal Hotline, National Journal delivers
everything you need to know to stay ahead of the curve in Washington.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping
organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex
legal, regulatory and economic environment. With over 3,900 employees located
in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to
anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such
as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues,
reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The Company
generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. More information
can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

SOURCE The Allstate Corporation

Website: http://www.allstate.com
Contact: Media Inquiries: Matthew Clark, FTI Consulting, 202-728-8766,
matthew.clark@fticonsulting.com; or Kate Hollcraft, Allstate Insurance
Company, 847-402-5600, Kate.hollcraft@allstate.com; or Ben Fishel, National
Journal Group, bfishel@nationaljournal.com, 202-266-7756
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