Apr 5, 2017 - Technology

Polls: Public opposes internet privacy rollback

Ron Sachs / CNP / MediaPunch / IPX

Two recent polls say that public opinion is tilted against the Republican maneuver that overturned privacy rules for broadband providers like Comcast and AT&T.

  • Priorities USA, a liberal group, says that 83 percent of voters polled opposed passing the measure and six percent supported it. Sixty-six percent of people who strongly approved of the job President Trump has been doing opposed the measure. The poll was conducted by Civis Analytics with a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percent.
  • A Huffington Post/YouGov poll found that almost three quarters of people thought Trump should veto the measure (he signed it). It had a margin of error of 4.1 percent.

Why it matters: The use of an obscure law to roll back the rules has triggered significant press attention, and Democrats hope it will help them get the edge on vulnerable Republicans who voted for it. Whether that's the case remains to be seen.

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