Go Figure: 21 Percent of Americans Oppose FCC Internet Regulation
Over the last two years, the Federal Communications Commission and Internet service providers have fought a running battle in the courts and on the front pages over whether the FCC should regulate the Internet. While both claimed to have the public's interest at heart, no one stopped to ask the public what it wanted. Now the polling company Rasmussen has asked the people to voice their opinion, and while it seems American voters want the government to keep its hands off their Internet, the poll also suggests that American voters don't know enough about the subject to make an informed decision in either direction.
According to the Rasmussen poll, which covered 1,000 likely voters, only 21 percent of Americans support government regulation of the Internet , and 54 percent oppose it. However, the poll also noted that only 20 percent of the people interviewed said they follow the topic closely, with an additional 35 percent saying they follow it somewhat closely.
The data get even more confusing from there. Although 48 percent of respondents claimed to see the government as a threat to their individual rights, and although 52 percent of respondents said that the free market is the best regulation, over half of those polled continued to support the FCC regulation of television and radio.
And if you didn't think that the American voting public was schizophrenic enough on this topic, as recently as June 2008, 49 percent of American voters were in favor of the FCC regulating the Internet . I don't remember any major political events happening between then and now that might account for such a change.