President Trump’s Heat on Tech Industry Not in Sync with Americans and His Base
New Polling Shows by a 7-to-1 margin Republicans believe online regulation would harm consumer freedom and choice on the internet
Washington, D.C., August 29, 2018 – President Trump’s attack on America’s most popular online search provider Google along with regulatory threats from White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow are not supported by most Americans, according to new research from NetChoice.
NetChoice found that by a 7-to-1 margin, Republicans agree, rather than disagree, with the idea that online regulation would harm consumer freedom and choice on the internet.
“When the Administration says they are “taking a look” at regulating Google Search results, they really mean that they plan on regulating political speech,” said Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice.
“Forcing Google to demote critical news about President Trump blatantly conflicts with the first amendment and endangers all forms of online expression. Businesses must be allowed to do what is best for their users.
The basic tenets of capitalism need to hold true on the Internet. Consumers pick winners and losers, not bureaucrats.”
To see NetChoice’s view on conservative concerns about social media content moderation, see here and here.
About the Polling
NetChoice commissioned research firm Zogby Analytics to conduct an interactive survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers from Aug. 6-8. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. The entire survey will be publicly available in September.