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Ina Fried Mar 26
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Public still mixed on regulating Big Tech

An Axios-SurveyMonkey poll conducted last week shows that the public remains relatively split on how regulation of tech might play out. By a 53-to-43 margin, more people continue to worry that the government won’t go far enough rather than fear it will do too much.

Data: SurveyMonkey poll conducted March 21–23, 2018. Poll Methodology.; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

However, that's actually a bit narrower than in February when 55% of people worried regulation would not go far enough. Of course, there are a couple ways to look at that:

  • One is that a small number of people have shifted their opinion on the optimal amount of regulation.
  • Perhaps more likely, though, is that the shift reflects the fact that people now expect more regulation, so slightly more people are concerned it will go too far.

Bottom line: In any case, concerns over the government not going far enough are up significantly since November.

Go deeper: Facebook favorability plunges after Cambridge Analytica controversy

Methodology: This new Axios/SurveyMonkey online poll was conducted March 21-23, 2018 among 2,878 adults in the United States. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is 2.5 percentage points. Respondents for this survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Crosstabs available here.

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WaPo: Sessions told White House he may leave if Rosenstein is fired

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told White House counsel Don McGahn last weekend that if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was fired, he "would have to consider leaving," according to the Washington Post. Axios has not yet confirmed the story.

Why it matters: Rosenstein has come under fire in recent weeks by conservative groups, and there has been speculation that he would be the next to get the boot from Trump. As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported, the problem with Rosenstein is, "[t]hey don't have a clean way to get rid of him."