Just 24% Believe Genuine Privacy Possible in Digital Era

Just 24% of voters nationwide believe it is possible for Americans to have any sense of genuine privacy in the digital era. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 58% disagree and say genuine privacy is no longer possible. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

Sixty-four percent (64%) believe it is likely their image has been captured on a government or company security video within the past 24 hours. Another 12% say it’s likely to have occurred in the past week. Just 24% think it’s unlikely they have been captured on security video over the past seven days.

Forty-six percent (46%) say it’s likely their image was captured on somebody’s smartphone video within the past 24 hours. Another 13% say it’s happened within seven days.

Most (59%) believe the key to improving privacy is for people to be more careful with the information they share. Only 27% think new federal laws will be more effective. However, 80% believe tech companies should make it easier for people to limit the amount of information they share.

On all of these questions, there is a significant generation gap. Among the youngest voters, 38% believe genuine privacy is possible. Among senior citizens, just 14% agree (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 14-15, 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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