34% Believe YouTube Will Censor Opposing Political Views; 26% Disagree; 40% Not Sure

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe YouTube will likely use new content rules to censor views that it disagrees with while 26% believe it will impose the rules fairly. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that a plurality–40%–are not sure.

Republicans, by a 44% to 21% margin, believe YouTube will use the rules for censorship. Independent voters, by a 34% to 24% margin, tend to agree. Democrats, however have a different view. Thirty-three percent (33%) of those in Nancy Pelosi’s party believe YouTube will apply the rules equally while just 25% think they will become a tool for censorship (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 29% believe YouTube is an unbiased platform for all users while 20% believe it is biased against conservatives. Just 6% think the Google owned platform is biased against liberals. Forty-four percent (44%) aren’t sure.

To ensure equal opportunities for all points of view, just 21% believe the federal government should impose regulations on YouTube. Seventy-nine percent (79%) believe the company should they be allowed to manage their own users. That’s partly because 59% believe government regulators are more likely to be biased than YouTube.

Forty-five percent (45%) have  at least somewhat closely followed recent news stories about YouTube banning content it considers hateful or discriminatory.  That includes 16% who have followed the news Very Closely.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted June 6-7, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodologyand a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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