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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A new survey finds that 68% of Americans believe Big Tech companies have too much power in the economy, and 56% think these firms should be regulated more than they are now.

Why it matters: The Pew Research Center survey, conducted April 12-18, 2021, shows a statistically significant increase for those who support more regulation — a big uptick from 47% in June 2020.

  • The only political group that did not show a significant increase in those calling for more regulation is moderate or liberal Republicans, Pew found.
  • Conservative Republicans (80%) are the political group most likely to say Big Tech companies have too much economic influence, followed by liberal Democrats (74%).

The intrigue: Americans are split on whether the government should cap these companies' growth so that they can't undermine competition.

  • Even if major tech companies follow the rules, 55% say the government should not let them grow beyond a certain size. Liberal Democrats are most likely to support this.
  • 42% think that, as long as companies follow the rules, they should be allowed to grow unchecked by government intervention.

Of note: Americans who are more familiar with the debates over regulating tech companies are more likely to think that the firms should be more regulated and are also more likely to say their growth should be limited.

Go deeper: Read Pew's analysis

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 27, 2021 - Technology

Paradigm gives tech firms a diversity Blueprint

Image: Paradigm

Paradigm, the consulting firm run by Joelle Emerson, is launching Blueprint — a self-service tool that companies can use to see how their policies and practices stack up on facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion.

Why it matters: Despite much talk and significant financial investment, the tech industry has failed to become appreciably more diverse in recent years.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."