As reports circulate about the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice investigations of Amazon and Google, voters have mixed feelings about tech giants.
Over the next 25 years, 87% of voters believe Facebook will have to deal with significant competition that challenges its dominance. Half (52%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that the social media giant will actually go out of business during that time.
Voters also overwhelmingly believe that Google, Amazon, and Apple will face significant competition over the coming quarter of a century. However, most believe those companies will survive. Just 26% believe Apple will go out of business, 23% say the same about Google, and 20% think Amazon will disappear.
Other ScottRasmussen.com data 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.
- Sixty-five percent (65%) would like to welcome Amazon’s second headquarters facility to their community. Just 16% dislike the idea and 19% are not sure.
- Forty-five percent (45%) say that Facebook has generally been good for America while 35% believe it has been bad. Additionally, 70% are at least somewhat concerned that Facebook has given away some of their personal information.
- Fifty-five percent (55%) believe that Facebook has too much power. Despite concerns, just 21% want the federal government to regulate social media giants.
- Twenty-eight percent (28%) believe new technology companies should be required to get permission from the government before offering their services to consumers; 45% disagree and 27% are not sure. There is a stunning generation gap on this question. By a narrow 41% to 37% margin, voters under 35 believe government approval should be required. Among senior citizens, just 16% are in favor of it while 52% are opposed.
Related data shows that 64% believe it is more dangerous to let government to define hate speech than to allow inappropriate hate speech that offends many people. Additionally, 68% believe a too powerful government is a bigger threat than one with too little power.