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Americans Think Internet Reliance Makes Economy More Vulnerable

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In the wake of the international WannaCry cyberattacks last week, Americans are more concerned than ever about the safety of the country’s online economic systems.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that more Americans than ever (69%) now think America’s increasing reliance on the internet for business and financial dealings makes the economy more vulnerable to attack. That’s up from 58% in early 2016  and 54% in 2014.  Just five percent (5%) think it makes the economy less vulnerable to attack, while 21% think it has no impact on the level of risk. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 15-16, 2017 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.

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