41% Fear Automation and Robots Will Lead to Mass Unemployment

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide believe that automation and robots will lead to mass unemployment. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 59% believe that these technologies will create new types of jobs and provide good opportunities for workers (see question wording and topline results).

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 13-14, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error  with a 95% level of confidence.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of men believe the new technologies will lead to good opportunities for workers. So do 53% of women (see crosstabs). That view is shared by a majority of all age groups, people of all races and ideologies, and in every region of the country.

On this question, there is virtually no difference between Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Sixty percent (60%) of those who approve of President Trump’s performance expect these technologies to create new jobs and good opportunities. So do 59% of those who disapprove of the President’s performance.

Related data shows that 42% have a favorable opinion of Socialism. However, most who support it do not see Socialism as it has been historically understood. Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide believe that most businesses treat their workers fairly  Additionally, 67% believe that income inequality is a big problem in America.

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Our research has shown the disconnect between the politically obsessed and most Americans. Additionally, 83% of voters recognize that tech titans have a bigger impact on the nation than presidents.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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