POLL: Most Voters Support Banning TikTok as Concerns of CCP Spying Rise

According to a recently published Rasmussen poll, 68% of likely United States voters backed proposals by several members of Congress to prohibit the use of TikTok in the US.

Of this figure who supports a TikTok ban, 43% “strongly support” a ban. By contrast, 24% are against banning TikTok, which includes 12% who are strongly opposed to banning Tiktok. 

In November, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Mike Gallagher pushed for banning TikTok due to its Chinese ownership. They believe that the Chinese Communist Party could use TikTok to  “collect sensitive national security information from U.S. government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage.”

68% of respondents agree with Rubio’s and Gallagher’s quote, which includes 46% who “strongly agree.” 23% disagree, which includes 9% who “strongly disagree.” 

70% of voters are worried that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, which includes 46% who are “very concerned.” 25% aren’t concerned by TikTok’s Chinese ownership, which includes 12% who are “Not At All Concerned.”

83% of Republicans, 59% of Democrats, and 68% of independent voters are worried that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company.

87% of Republicans, 54% of Democrats, and 64% of voters at least somewhat agree with Rubio-Gallagher’s sentiments about how China could potentially use “collect sensitive national security information.”

83% of Republicans, 58% of Democrats, and 64% of independent voters at least somewhat support federal legislation to prohibit TikTok in the United States.

Voters under the age of 40 are less likely than their older counterparts to be worried about TikTok or to back legislative action to ban the app in the US.

Indeed, TikTok is just one of many toxic social media apps where people just waste their time and kill tons of brain cells by mindlessly scrolling through the app. 

Banning or at least strictly regulating it are ways to proactively deal with the growing China problem. It sure beats the neoconservative approach of direct confrontation with China, which will likely lead to a full-blown thermonuclear conflict. That is a lose-lose scenario if there ever was one.

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