In the performance of its duties, 71% of voters believe the FBI should be allowed to use facial recognition technologies. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 69% said the same about the CIA and 59% think local law enforcement should be able to use that technology. However, just 32% believe tech companies should be allowed to do so.
However, voters recognize the risks involved. More than six-out-of-ten believe that each of those groups might regularly abuse their power while using facial recognition technology. Forty-two percent (42%) are Very Concerned that tech companies would abuse that power and 34% have that fear about local law enforcement. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are Very Concerned about FBI abuse and 26% about CIA abuse.
When it comes to the use of new technology in general, 23% fear the federal government more than tech companies. Twenty percent (20%) are more afraid of the tech companies while 37% are equally afraid of both. Just 12% are not afraid of either group.
Republicans are a bit more fearful of the tech companies while Democrats are more fearful of the federal government. Given a wide range of other polling data, it is likely those dynamics would shift with a Democrat in the White House.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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