Twitter's Trump Ban Supported by a Majority of Americans.
- Just over half of Americans support Twitter’s decision to ban Donald Trump from the platform permanently (52%).
- 79% of Democrats strongly support this ban.
- However, 69% of Republicans strongly oppose it.
D.C. Statehood Support is Split Nearly evenly for Americans.
- 49% support and 45% oppose.
- 73% of Democrats support it while just 27% of Republicans feel the same.
- 42% of Democrats have strong support for statehood compared to 8% of Republicans.
- 25% say they are more likely, 20% less likely to support D.C. statehood in light of last week’s events at the Capitol.
Both the Use of Social Media and “Big Tech” Scrutiny Sentiments Increased from 2020.
- 82% of Americans are using some form of social media platforms these days with Facebook the most commonly cited from August of 2020.
- 16% are using TikTok today, an increase of five points from last year.
For Twitter and TikTok, favorability is virtually identical overall with just 34% holding favorable opinions of these companies.
- Favorability decreases by age with just 45% of Gen Z (24 and under), 31% of Boomers, and 22% of those in the Silent Generation holding favorable opinions.
- Just 25% of Twitter users have a strongly favorable opinion.
- Both use of and shares of favorable opinions for TikTok decrease with age.
- Fully 55% of Gen Z have favorable views of the platform while only 25% of Boomers feel the same.
- Just 33% of TikTok users today have a strongly favorable opinion.
Compared to June of last year, levels of concern about the consolidation among tech firms has ticked up substantially.
- Fully 67% are now concerned compared to 41% over 6 months ago.
- Intensity of concern ticked up by 28 percentage points with 41% very concerned.
Up from last year as well, greater shares of Americans would like to see the federal government investigate antitrust violations for tech companies.
- Facebook was the most cited (52%), though this proportion remained relatively stable overall (48% in 2020).
- Interest in investigating Apple is up by 10 points (34%), Alphabet/Google and Microsoft up by nine points from last year, respectively (38% and 29%).
- Older age cohorts showed large increases from June last year. Among the 65+,
- 17 point increase for investigating Amazon (43%) and Apple (23%)
- 15 point increase for Google (46%)
Some want to see the federal government break up these companies.
- Nearly half (48%) of Americans would like to see the government break up at least one of these companies.
- 35% for Facebook and 30% for Twitter top the list.
- Fully 50% of Republicans want the government to break up Facebook and 49% want Twitter to be broken up.
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