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Gen Z voters support measures to rein in tech giants: poll

The majority of Gen Z voters said they support moves to curb the power of tech giants, according to a new poll from progressive firm Data for Progress.

The poll found that a majority of voters, Democrats and Republicans, between 18 and 25, supported efforts to regulate the market power of tech giants. The findings were released by the Tech Oversight Project, a group that advocates for antitrust reform.

For example, the survey found that 61% of Gen Z voters said they support America’s Online Innovation and Choice Act after receiving a brief description of the bill, according to a copy of the results of the survey. survey shared with The Hill.

The proposal, which came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support, would prevent tech giants from favoring their own products and services. Axios reported last week that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) intended to put the bill to a vote in early summer.

The survey found the greatest support for the measure among Gen Z Democratic voters, with 65% saying they support the bill. But 63% of Independent voters and 54% of Republicans in that age group said the same.

The Open App Markets Act, which would put in place new regulations on the companies behind mainstream app stores, received similar support among Gen Z voters, based on the survey. The proposal also advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support earlier this year.

The poll found that 60% of Democrats, 57% of Independents and 55% of Republicans said they supported the proposal.

Overall, young voters said they support government officials taking action to protect small businesses and ensure competitive markets at wide enough margins. Seventy-eight percent of Gen Z Republicans and Democrats said they support those efforts, based on the poll.

And 76% of young voters said they support government officials who take action to fine or jail CEOs of companies that break the law, with a fairly even percentage of 76% Democrats and 73% Republicans offering their support.

In addition to building momentum in Congress to reform antitrust laws to combat the market power of tech giants, there is growing pressure to hold tech platforms accountable for risks to children and teens online.

The majority of Gen Z voters surveyed, who largely grew up in the age of the internet and social media, also said they supported efforts by government officials to strengthen protections for children and young people. teenagers online.

The poll found that 76% of those voters, including 77% Democrats, 76% Independents and 73% Republicans, said they supported efforts to make children safer online.

The Tech Oversight Project, the group that published the findings, is a collection of reviews of Big Tech companies that was launched in January with the goal of pushing through antitrust reform. The group is primarily funded by the Omidyar Network, the philanthropic network of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and the Economic Security Project, led by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

The poll was conducted between May 10 and May 18 and surveyed 1,031 likely voters between the ages of 18 and 25 using web panel respondents. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.