Despite more than a year’s worth of media reports of monopolistic power and privacy breaches at America’s biggest tech companies, there is very little support for having the government to break any of them up into smaller companies.
A new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com shows that only 24% of voters believe the government should break up Amazon and just 20% believe Google think should be broken up. Nineteen percent (19%) believe Apple should be broken up and an identical 19% say the same about Facebook. Just 17% support that idea for Microsoft.
A solid majority–61%–believe that none of those companies should be broken up by the government.
Data released last fall showed that 55% of voters believe Facebook has too much power. However, just 21% want the government to regulate social media giants. Most voters, in fact, believe government regulators to be more biased than the companies.
Younger voters are more likely to support big tech breakups. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Americans aged 18-to-34 want the government to break up Amazon and 29% in that age group feel the same about Apple, But even among those young voters, 43% say none of the five companies mentioned should be broken up.
The survey also found limited support for having the government to break up the nation’s biggest banks. Just 29% of Americans support that idea, with 39% opposed.
Democrat and Republican voters are mostly in sync on this issue, but Democrats are a bit more likely to support big tech breakups. Amazon is the company more Democrats would like to break up than any other, with 27% of Democratic voters supporting that idea. Republicans also made Amazon their top pick for a government break up, with 20% of them supporting it.
When it comes to the biggest banks, there is more contrast between the two parties’ voters. While only 21% of Republicans support a big bank breakup by the government, 35% of Democrats back the idea.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 10-11, 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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