Most folks want to ban TikTok! You know why? Right.
It's those vicious bastards running the Death Star. Xi the Merciless.
TikTok: Most Voters Support Ban Amid Chinese Spying Concerns
Friday, December 09, 2022
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. voters support proposals by some members of Congress for federal legislation to ban TikTok from the United States, including 43% who Strongly Support a TikTok ban. Twenty-four percent (24%) are opposed to banning TikTok, including 12% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Last month, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher called for banning TikTok, citing the company’s Chinese ownership to argue that China’s Communist government could use TikTok to “collect sensitive national security information from U.S. government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage.”
Sixty-eight percent (68%) agree with that quote from Rubio and Gallagher, including 46% who Strongly Agree. Twenty-three percent (23%) disagree, including nine percent (9%) who Strongly Disagree.
The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on December 6-7, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters are familiar with TikTok, including 35% who are Very Familiar with the popular video messaging app. Thirty-five percent (35%) aren’t familiar with TikTok, including 13% who are Not At All Familiar with it. Voters who are more familiar with TikTok are less likely to Strongly Support federal legislation to ban TikTok.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats, 59% of Republicans and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major party are at least somewhat familiar with TikTok.
Seventy percent (70%) of voters are concerned that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, including 46% who are Very Concerned. Twenty-five percent (25%) aren’t concerned by TikTok’s Chinese ownership, including 12% who are Not At All Concerned.
Majorities of every political category – 83% of Republicans, 59% of Democrats and 68% of unaffiliated voters – are concerned that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company.
More Republicans (87%) than Democrats (54%) or unaffiliated voters (64%) at least somewhat agree with the Rubio-Gallagher quote about the danger that China could use “collect sensitive national security information.”
Similarly, more Republicans (83%) than Democrats (58%) or unaffiliated voters (64%) at least somewhat support federal legislation to ban TikTok from the United States.
Men are significantly more likely than women voters to be concerned about TikTok’s Chinese ownership and to support legislation banning TikTok.
More whites (49%) than black voters (16%) or other minorities (37%) Strongly Support legislation to ban TikTok.
Voters under 40 are less likely than their elders to have concerns about TikTok or to support legislation banning the app from the U.S.
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