The New York Times and CBS News has conducted a poll of 965 people that found an overwhelming majority believe public video surveillance is a good idea. Here is the actual question and response breakdown:
Damned if you do, damned if you don't! In the UK the public holds its communal nose at the idea of CCTV surveillance but, there is a general acceptance that so long as the use of CCTV remains within the bounds of the law it is a vital forensic tool that can be used to speed up the detection of terrorists and dangerous criminals.
The tension that exists between the use of CCTV and the rights of individuals is important as it prevents the state from extending its powers in this area unchallenged.