Study: Government Censorship Worries a Majority of Americans

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM EDT

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Study: Government Censorship Worries a Majority of Americans

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM EDT

In the light of the recent buzz about Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), Americans admit they are more worried about government censorship than illegal downloading, says a new survey by Rasmussen Reports.

Approximately 70 percent of Americans who use the Internet often feel that downloading a film without paying for it is stealing from the company that made the film.  Eighty-one percent, however, feel that government censorship is the bigger problem.

The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 21 and 22, 2012.

On January 20, Congress decided to stall both acts until a wider agreement on the bills could be reached.

For the full report, visit Rasmussen Reports website.