Most voters continue to oppose the U.S. government’s decision to cede its last vestige of control over the internet to an international authority and worry that some countries may try to censor web content.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters finds that just 17 percent favor the United States giving up its last remaining control over the internet. Sixty-six percent = oppose this decision, up from 61percent in March 2014 just after the government first announced its decision. Seventeen percent are undecided.
Sixty-nine percent think it is likely that some country like Russia, China or Iran will try to take over the internet to censor its content, with 43 percent who say it is Very Likely. This compares to 32 percent who said it was Very Likely two years ago. Twenty-three percent disagree and see web censorship by some countries as unlikely, but that includes only 5 percent who believe it is Not At All Likely.
Four years ago, Russia, China and several Arab countries were pushing for control of the internet by the United Nations, but 80 percent of U.S. voters opposed that idea. Sixty-four percent ) said international regulation would make the internet worse.