71% of North Carolinians believe the country is on the wrong track; want Congress to focus on the economy and inflation
RALEIGH – A new poll conducted by Echelon Insights and released by NetChoice, a trade association committed to making the internet safe for free enterprise and free expression, found that North Carolina voters blame President Biden for soaring inflation, currently at a staggering 9.1%, and are worried that antitrust proposals like Sen. Klobuchar’s S. 2992, which is backed by President Biden, will continue to raise prices even further.
“North Carolina voters want Congress – especially Sens. Burr and Tillis to prioritize inflation and economic instability, not Beltway-born antitrust proposals that could raise prices,” said Steve DelBianco, President & CEO of NetChoice. “71% of North Carolina voters thinks our country is heading in the wrong direction, and 61% say Congress should focus on fixing the economy — the last thing Congress should be doing is spending time on legislation that only 1% of the population nationally sees as a priority.”
Nationally, the poll revealed 85% of Americans said they are at least somewhat concerned about tech antitrust proposals increasing prices and that 40% of GOP-leaning voters and 37% of Democrat-leaning voters said they are “extremely concerned” about such proposals making inflation worse.
Additional North Carolina voter highlights from the Echelon Insights poll include:
- 61% of North Carolina say the economy and inflation are the biggest issues facing the nation followed by gun control (21%), immigration (18%), crime and public safety (16%), and healthcare (11%).
- 66% of North Carolina are concerned proposals to regulate tech will make inflation worse. 61% are concerned new regulations will make it easier for politicians to pressure tech to serve their political interests. 65% are concerned about regulations making tech harder to use.
- Regulating the tech industry is the lowest policy priority for American voters today – less than 1% of Americans responded that they think the government should prioritize regulating tech, which is less than the margin of error.
- When asked specifically about priorities for tech, only 12% of North Carolina said that antitrust is priority for them on tech – 39% want privacy and security online, and 25% see content moderation as the most important.
- Voters trust the free market 64% more than the government 17% to come up with solutions for improving competition. 76% of Republicans trust the free market, rather than the government, to improve competition in tech.
- 79% say Congress should learn more about tech companies before trying to regulate them.
- 64% of Republicans in the state think that new regulations on the tech industry should be applied to all companies regardless of size, and 54% say it’s unfair for the government to treat larger firms differently than smaller firms.
The poll was conducted between June 17-24, 2022 among 9,227 U.S. registered voters: a national sample of 2,031 plus 530 additional interviews in Alabama, 260 in Alaska, 724 in Arizona, 419 in Arkansas, 957 in Florida, 641 in Indiana, 420 in Kansas, 534 in Louisiana, 379 in Montana, 443 in Mississippi, 877 in North Carolina, 249 in North Dakota, 396 in South Dakota, and 975 in Texas. The interviews were conducted online, and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on gender, educational attainment, age, race, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.