45% Say Facebook Has Been Good for US, 35% Bad

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters say that Facebook has generally been good for America while 35% believe it has been bad. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that voters over 50 are evenly divided on the question while younger voters are somewhat more upbeat (see question wording and crosstab results).

The survey also found that 83% of voters use the social media platform, including 54% who use it daily. But, 61% of those who use the service have at some point taken breaks from using Facebook.

Additionally, 70% are at least somewhat concerned that Facebook has given away some of their personal information. That includes 31% who are Very Concerned.

Data released earlier showed that 55% of voters believe that Facebook has too much power. But voters disagree. Just 21% want the federal government to regulate it and other social media giants.

However, consumers may be taking action on their own. Most Facebook users (56%) say it is possible they will give up the platform entirely at some point in the future. Seventeen percent (17%) say they are Very Likely to do so.

That result is likely the product of several revelations over the past two years that Facebook shared the personal data of millions of it users without permission. These revelations haven’t just shaken the confidence of many Facebook users, but they have also contributed to a significant exodus of key executives from the company. That exodus is being compared to the large number of top executives who left Yahoo in the years before it collapsed as one of the world’s dominant internet content and search companies.

Another public relations challenge has come from the recent investigative report in the New York Times, alleging controversial public relations practices at Facebook that included using anti-Semitic undertones.

In the face of these issues, Facebook shares have dropped 40% since July of this year.

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This national survey of 1,009 Registered Voters was conducted November 20-21, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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