GOP pollster says Americans have grown accustomed to being monitored

Republican pollster B.J. Martino said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that people in the U.S. have grown used to having their privacy invaded in some capacity. 

"We are living in a society where people are beginning to become more and more accustomed to undergoing a certain level of invasion of their privacy," Martino, a partner at the Tarrance Group, told host Jamal Simmons on Wednesday. 

"We're introducing speakers into our homes, and microphones that can be monitored," he continued.

The move comes amid growing concerns surrounding privacy breaches at big tech companies like Facebook. 

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is moving away from broadcasting information publicly to focus more on private messaging.

Martino pointed out that some generations are more comfortable with being surveilled than others. 

"The Gen-Xers, like myself, and some of the Baby Boomers are much more comfortable with this," he said. 

"What's interesting is that in this poll, you see on both tail ends of the age spectrum, you see the silent generation, and you see the Gen Z are those that begin to push back a little bit against us, against this idea of the intelligence state looking into our lives, and looking for crime among American citizens," he said, referring to a new Hill-HarrisX survey released on Thursday.  

— Julia Manchester