Bloomberg Poll Finds Majority Support for TikTok Ban, Worries about AI Impact on Privacy, Jobs

At least half of the respondents in a recent Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll in seven key swing states are worried that AI tech could negatively impact personal privacy and jobs in the future. The poll also found that half of voters support banning TikTok in the United States if its parent company, ByteDance Ltd., fails to divest the app. Additionally, more than half of respondents believe that TikTok should be banned due to fears that the app could be used by foreign adversaries to collect data and manipulate information in the U.S.

However, the poll also found that AI had positive impacts on health and education, with 45% and 41% of respondents, respectively, seeing the benefits. These findings demonstrate that Americans increasingly recognize and worry about how AI will affect key issues like privacy, jobs, and foreign influence campaigns. They also highlight the challenges faced by policymakers in developing rules to minimize risks while encouraging innovation with emerging technologies.

The poll also found that regulating technology companies was an important issue for 65% of respondents in choosing a presidential candidate. Respondents expressed more trust in Republican nominee Donald Trump than Democratic incumbent Joe Biden to oversee the industry, with 39% trusting the former compared to 35% for the latter.

Interestingly, more than half of respondents also supported breaking up Big Tech companies, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., and Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly Facebook). These findings highlight the increasing scrutiny of these companies' market power and their impact on competitors and consumers.

Regarding TikTok, the poll also showed that while majority support the ban of the app, regular users oppose it. Interestingly, supporters of the ban are more likely to vote for Trump, while opponents are more likely to vote for Biden. This could indicate a potential divide among younger voters in the Democratic Party over the issue.

These results reveal deep concerns among voters in key states over technology and issues like privacy, data collection, job security, and the potential for foreign interference in domestic affairs. It will be interesting to see how these opinions influence political decisions and policies in the future.

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