53% Fear Automation Will Lead to Mass Unemployment

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide fear that automation and robots will eliminate needed jobs and create mass unemployment. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 47% disagree and believe that these technologies will create new types of jobs and provide good opportunities for workers.

The number fearing mass unemployment will result is up 12-points since November. It’s consistent with other data showing that concern about Artificial Intelligence is growing.

Sixty percent (60%) of men believe new types of jobs will be created by these technologies. Sixty-four percent (64%) of women fear automation and robots will lead to mass unemployment (see crosstab results).

Overall, 60% of voters believe the growing use of artificial intelligence and robotics by businesses is generally a good thing for the United States.

Forty-seven percent (47%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that most Americans will own a personal robot within a decade or so. Eleven percent (11%) consider it Very Likely.

Thirty-one percent (31%) consider it at least somewhat likely they will someday own a robot themselves. That total includes 48% of voters under 35 and just 10% of senior citizens.

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters are following news about artificial intelligence and robotics at least somewhat closely.

Other recent data shows that 28% of voters believe new technology companies should be required to get permission from the government before offering their services to consumers.

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted April 19-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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