Setting The Record Straight: Tech Break-Ups Are Not A Priority For Americans
With the heightened rhetoric surrounding America’s leading tech services, it’s important to remember that structural antitrust actions against the tech industry are not a priority for the American people.
Take a look at the polling below:
Americans don’t believe action against the tech industry should be a priority.
Morning Consult/Advertising Week Poll (August 2019): Tech came in 15 out of 19 industries Americans want presidential candidates to criticize.
Morning Consult/POLITICO National Tracking Poll (May 2019): Only 17% of registered voters believe regulation of tech companies should be a “top priority” for Congress, the lowest proportion of all issues surveyed by the poll.
RealClearPolitics Poll (June 2019): Majorities of Americans oppose the breakups of leading tech services.
Americans value the positive impact of leading tech services in their everyday lives.
Springboard Poll (October 2018): A plurality of respondents identified tech as the industry that will have the biggest positive impact on their lives in the next decade.
Morning Consult Brand Intelligence: Five of the top 15 most-loved brands in America in 2019 are leading tech services.
Americans assign tremendous monetary value to their use of free tech services like email, maps, and search engines, according to research by economists Erik Brynjolfsson, Felix Eggers, and Avinash Gannamaneni. “Survey respondents said that they would have to be paid $3,600 to give up internet maps for a year, and $8,400 to give up e-mail. Search engines appear to be especially valuable: consumers surveyed said that they would have to be paid $17,500 to forgo their use for a year.”