NEWSFLASH: Anti-Tech Legislation Is Unpopular With Legislators And Voters
A new PunchBowl News survey of top Capitol Hill senior aides revealed that the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) has minimal support from legislators—with only 26% of aides reporting that their bosses support the bill and nearly three-quarters of aides reporting their bosses as either undecided or in opposition to the legislation.
Here are the key data points:
— 26% say their boss supports the bill
— 57% are unsure or undecided
— 17% oppose it
These findings follow a recent poll by Echelon Insights, sponsored by NetChoice, which found that 89% of Americans believe “Congress should focus on addressing inflation rather than breaking up large tech companies.”
Other key findings from the Echelon survey include:
— 61% of voters “say the economy is the biggest issue facing us today. Only 2% of Americans say regulating the tech industry is a top 3 priority for them right now.”
— 66% of voters “trust the free market to address competition in tech. Only 18% of Americans said they trust the government more to address this.”
— 74% of voters “oppose a ban on Amazon’s in-house brands promoting their own products (e.g. AmazonBasics).”
— “Almost half of Americans say regulations on tech will make prices rise.”
This mirrors the findings in a recent Chamber of Progress poll of voters in battleground states which showed that just 1% of voters prioritized tech regulation as a public policy issue they want Congress to tackle.
The data is clear: voters do not want AICOA to become law, and members of Congress are taking note.