If a government agency wants someone’s tracking data, 32% of voters nationwide believe tech companies like Google should simply turn the information over upon request. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 68% believe a court order should be required.
Younger voters are far more comfortable with tech companies simply providing government agencies with the information they request. Only 52% of voters under 35 believe a court order should be required. However, among those over 50, that figure rises to 78% (see crosstab results).
Still, there appears to be a distinction between tracking data and other data. Ninety-one percent (91%) of all voters believe photos, contacts, and other information on a person’s password protected smartphone be considered private information. Only 3% disagree (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier showed that younger voters were more likely than their elders to believe genuine privacy was possible in the digital era.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters are at least somewhat concerned the federal government is spying on individual Americans.
Forty-four percent (44%) are at least somewhat concerned the federal government is spying on them. That includes 19% who are Very Concerned.
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This data comes from a pair of national surveys of 1,000 Registered Voters each conducted February 14-15 and February 15-16, 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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