Voters OK With Law Enforcement Using Facial Recognition, but not Tech Companies

In the performance of its duties, 71% of voters believe the FBI should be allowed to use facial recognition technologies. A 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. 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 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 24-25, 2019 by 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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