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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What America Thinks: Handing Over the World Wide Web

For years, the Internet has been under U.S. government oversight, but that's changing with the government now allowing international control over the worldwide web. So what does America think?

Just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the United States giving up its last remaining control over the internet. Most think it is likely that some country like Russia, China or Iran will try to take over to censor internet content. Four years ago, Russia, China and several Arab countries were pushing for control of the internet by the United Nations, but 80% of U.S. voters opposed that idea.

The idea of censorship gives Americans pause. Most already reject censorship on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Five percent (5%) of voters under 40 say they get their political news from friends and family though social media, and 43% of voters this age go online for their news. Many already worry about the bias on websites, but is overseas government-sponsored political spin next?

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.