Voters want Congress to focus on scams, malware, misinformation
On Wednesday, Chamber of Progress released new pre-midterm polling analyzing how voters in five battleground states prioritize tech regulation as a public policy issue and what tech policies voters most want to see Congress act on. The polling, conducted over a week in September, samples 2,650 voters in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire.
“As we head towards the election, it’s important for lawmakers to know where voters stand on tech,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “The bottom line is that voters are most interested in seeing action on protecting consumers from scams, malware, and misinformation. Voters don’t see company versus company disputes as a priority.”
Key polling results include:
- Just one percent of voters prioritized tech regulation as a public policy issue they want Congress to tackle. That’s a decrease from earlier this year, when Chamber of Progress conducted polling in 27 states across the country.
- When asked about tech regulatory priorities, voters’ focus was on stopping malware and scams (24%) and misinformation (15%). Few voters prioritized issues like regulating smartphone app store rules (1%) and cracking down on integrated tech services (1%).
- Thinking about how technology companies operate, a majority of battleground voters have some concerns about how technology companies operate, but value their apps and products (30%) and want to see more technology jobs in their community (30%).
- When it comes to regulating different aspects of the products and services provided by Amazon, Google, and Apple, a majority of battleground voters prefer technology companies choose policies that benefit consumers over policies that benefit suppliers, developers, or other companies.
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