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Tech Oversight Project/Change Research National Poll: Americans Support Congressional AI Action

May 04, 2023

By 2-to-1 margin, voters nationwide want Congress to regulate AI, not leave it up to tech companies

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, The Tech Oversight Project released a nationwide survey conducted by Change Research showing that a majority of Americans support swift Congressional action to regulate AI, and that by a 2-to-1 margin, voters trust Congress to administer those safeguards, not tech companies. The results come amid increased pressure from the White House and civil society organizations for Congress to act quickly to protect the American people, on the day of a White House convening of tech companies on the subject of artificial intelligence, and on the heels of a New York Times opinion piece from FTC Chair Lina Khan calling for the need to regulate AI.

“While the new technology of artificial intelligence — and the public’s understanding of it — is evolving rapidly, it is deeply telling that a majority of Americans do not trust Big Tech to prioritize safety and regulate it, and by a two-to-one margin want Congress to act,” said Kyle Morse, Deputy Executive Director of the Tech Oversight Project. “Our concern is that tech giants will seize upon this emerging technology to even further cement their monopoly power and prevent competition on the internet, jeopardizing our data security and online privacy in the process. We are heading toward a point of no return, and the American people are calling for Congress to act before it’s too late.”


  • By a 2-to-1 margin, voters prefer that Congress (41%), rather than the tech companies (20%) be the driving force behind policies and regulations.
  • 54% believe that Congress should take swift action to regulate AI in a way that promotes privacy, fairness, and safety, and ensures maximum benefit to society with minimal risks.
  • Only 15% of Americans believe that regulating AI will somehow stifle innovation.
  • 1-in-3 Americans are still making up their minds, showing how public policy will shape public opinion.
  • There is no significant difference between voters in each party – Democrats favor Congressional action by a 42% to 22% margin, and Republicans prefer it by a 43% to 17% margin.

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