Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide believe that Facebook has too much power. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 47% said the same about Twitter (see question wording and results).
Despite these concerns, just 21% want the federal government to regulate the social media giants.
Three other big tech firms were seen in slightly less fearful terms. Forty-two percent (42%) said Google has too much power, 42% say the same about Apple, and Amazon is viewed that way by 40%.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 5-6, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by 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.
One way to put those numbers in context is to recognize that just 38% believe the Supreme Court has too much power. Forty-eight percent (48%) say the same about the Presidency and 58% believe appointed officials at government agencies have too much power. A column earlier this year looked at the epic power struggle between government and the tech industry.
In addition to specific companies and branches of government, we asked about 20 other groups in society. In only four cases did more people say the group had too little power rather than too much. Seventy-two percent (72%) believe the American people have too little power while just 7% say too much. Small businesses did nearly as well (63% too little power, 6% too much). Forty percent (40%) think local civic groups should have more power while 15% believe they already have too much. Finally, local churches and religious institutions were seen as having too much power by 25% and too little power by 27%.
Public opinion was also divided on police with 32% thinking they have too much power and 28% too little (see the full list).
Six groups were seen as having too much power by more than 60% of voters: Billionaires, Large Corporations, CEO’s, Media Executives, Lobbyists, and individual Members of Congress. The results for individual Members of Congress is interesting because just 47% believe that Congress as a whole has too much power. Still, 61% believe that individual Members are too powerful.
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