The Facts Are Clear: Tech Regulation Is Not A Priority for U.S. Voters
The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, S. 2992, polls low with the voters it’s supposed to protect
A series of recent national surveys demonstrate how unpopular the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) is with American voters. Instead of passing a bill targeting successful American businesses that would take away the digital services consumers love, voters want Congress to focus on fixing the economy.
Here are some key takeaways from new polling that show Americans don’t want Congress to pass S. 2992:
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AXIS Research found that after learning S. 2992 would negatively impact the free and inexpensive products Americans love, 79% of Republicans, 59% of Democrats, and 72% of Independents either “strongly opposed or somewhat opposed” S. 2992. 61% of Republicans, 42% of Democrats, and 53% of independents said they were more likely to oppose candidates who support S. 2992. AXIS also found only 5% of Americans support more regulation for large companies.
- The Consumer Technology Association found that 68% of Americans view inflation as the most important issue at the moment, while only 3% view regulation of large businesses as a priority. Meanwhile, many of the digital services that would be impacted by S. 2992 have a deflationary effect on the economy.
- According to the Progressive Policy Institute, 65% of voters say Congress should be helping U.S. businesses compete with foreign corporations in countries like China, while just 35% of Americans believe Congress should focus on regulation. S. 2992 would make it harder for U.S. companies to compete internationally and adversely impact our national security infrastructure.
- New statewide polls from the Chamber of Progress show that antitrust is not a priority for voters. Findings include:
- Regulating tech companies consistently ranked last in voter priorities, with only 3% of voters in states like New Hampshire and West Virginia indicating that the issue was important to them.
- 69% of Georgia voters and 62% of Arizona voters surveyed indicated that they think competition regulation would hurt consumers like them.
- 65% of Nevada voters and 63% of Georgia voters surveyed indicated that they would oppose laws that would restrict the availability of services like free two-day shipping.
- The Chamber of Progress also released data showing that 52% of Americans think antitrust legislation targeting larger companies won’t actually help consumers, and 58% of Americans believe such laws could end up hurting consumers.
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