Concerns About Artificial Intelligence Increasing

Voters aren’t sure how Artificial Intelligence will work out, but concern appears to have increased over the past six months.

A national survey shows that a plurality of voters don’t know whether Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will be good or bad for the economy (41%), health care (42%), or education (38%).

However, the number who believe it will be bad for the economy increased from 22% last November to 28% today. In health care, the number expecting to have a negative impact increased from 16% to 23%. And, in the field of education, 33% expect A.I. will be bad. That’s up from 25% last fall.

The number expecting positive benefits in each category has remained fairly stable.

Last fall, more voters expected A.I. to have a positive impact in each of these areas rather than negative. That remains true in health care where 35% believe it will be good and 23% bad. Opinion is now divided as to the impact on the economy (31% say good, 28% bad) and education (29% good, 33% bad).

Younger voters are generally a bit more upbeat about the potential of A.I. than their elders. See question wording and crosstab results.

Other 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. That total is similar to the number expecting bad things from A.I.

Only 41% of voters are following news stories about A.I. even Somewhat Closely. That includes 10% who follow it Very Closely.

A recent report suggests that, on balance, the economic benefits will be positive and add $13 trillion to the global economy by 2030. However, it will not be smooth. The McKinsey Global Institute study found that“up to 375 million workers, or 14 percent of the global workforce, may need to change occupations” over the next decade. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email. 

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 17-18, 2019 by 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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