Primer — What Is The Public Opinion On More Regulation Of Tech Services?
This morning, Morning Consult released a new poll finding 41 percent of respondents support a newly announced Federal Trade Commission Tech Task Force. The poll also found that respondents believe the tech industry holds less influence than Hollywood and Wall Street, offering the latest data point that illustrates public opinion of the tech sector.
This Morning Consult poll confirms what a year’s worth of polling has indicated:
—The relationship between trust and regulatory appetite is more nuanced than popularly discussed.
—Americans are more skeptical of government regulation of tech than other industries.
—At the end of the day, Americans feel positively about the tech sector and acknowledge the myriad of options they have online.
The relationship between trust and regulatory appetite is more nuanced than popularly discussed.
—Industry trust does not correlate with regulation concerns. Springboard polling from May 2018 found that, “While Americans trust hospitals and tech companies similarly (67 and 60 percent, respectively), Americans have a net desire against increased regulation of tech by 2 percentage points, while Americans have a net desire for increased regulation of hospitals by 15 percentage points. Likewise, Americans distrust media on net, but are skeptical of government regulation.”
—Americans believe in content moderation, but don’t think policies exist that can please everyone. The graph below reflects Springboard polling from October 2018:
Americans are more skeptical of government regulation of tech than other industries.
—As Springboard polling from October 2018 found, 34 percent of people are concerned the government will go too far regulating tech — second only to media:
—These findings mirror a Progressive Policy Institute poll, which found two-thirds of respondents would prefer a candidate who says, “We need to be careful about breaking up large American companies…that are innovative and successful.”
At the end of the day, Americans feel positively about the tech sector and acknowledge the myriad of options they have online.
—Americans have a strong positive view of the tech sector, scoring +27 percentage points and fourth of polled industries. Per Springboard polling from October 2018:
—People feel they can easily switch platforms. The same Springboard polling confirmed the following: