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Polls Agree Net Neutrality Supported By Majority Of Americans

by Countable | 12.5.17

What’s the story?

Polls show that the majority of Americans support net neutrality, even as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are poised to end it, as long as they know what it is.

Do you know what net neutrality is, and what it will mean for you if it is lost?

Why does it matter?

Net Neutrality, the idea that access to the internet should be freely available, that signals should not be blocked or slowed intentionally to force customers to pay more, according to polls is an idea that the majority of Americans support.

At the same time, the FCC is poised to dismantle the rules that guarantee it.

A Mozilla/Ipsos poll from May 2017 found that over three quarters of Americans (76 percent) support net neutrality. Eighty-one percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans are in favor of it.

A more recent poll, from Morning Consult and Politico, showed lower numbers of support, but still a majority. They found that among registered voters, 55 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans, an average of 52 percent, said in the latest survey that they support net neutrality.

But they also found that support for net neutrality had dropped since their last poll in June, from an average of 60 percent to an average of 52, largely because many respondents were unaware of the issue:

"Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult's co-founder and chief research officer, said that only 46 percent of Americans "say they have heard a lot or some about net neutrality recently," compared with 67 percent for tax reform. Seven in 10 said they have heard about sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore or Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.”

What do you think?

Do you support net neutrality? Why or why not? Do most of the people you know seem to know what net neutrality is and what is happening at the FCC, or are they more concerned with other issues?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use then use the button below to tell the FCC and Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: EFF Photos via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Rebecca
    12/05/2017
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    A majority of Americans support net neutrality. That is all you, my elected representative, needs to know about where your loyalties should lie. Letting Ajit Pai repeal net neutrality will harm ordinary American consumers and voters like me. And for what? So that Comcast can rake in ever more millions? No. The internet is a public utility and it should be regulated like one, with strong Title II enforcement.

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  • Meganne
    12/05/2017
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    Net Neutrality is about access to information, commerce, education, and society. The majority of Americans support this practice, which is all the FCC and Congress should care about. What a shock that foreign bots are trying influence our democracy. It’s the new standard in America.

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  • Alyssa
    12/05/2017
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    Net neutrality MUST be preserved. The only thing that will be accomplished by abolishing it is making it so only the rich will be able to afford full internet access. The wealth disparities in this country are horrific enough. We should not add information access disparities! As an example, I am a student who does lots of research, so access to online scientific journals is of paramount importance to me. Without net neutrality, these resources would be much harder for me as well as other poor college students and professors to access and use. Higher education is already expensive enough.

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  • Trina
    12/05/2017
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    The internet is a utility and must remain neutral and protected from corporate greed. As Americans we pay some of the highest rates in the world for our internet service. Allowing ISP's to charge more for content, to restrict content and restrict speeds is not ok. The average American struggles enough to make ends meet and the Internet is now required in everyone's life for education, paying bills, and for work. Side with your constituents for once and protect net neutrality.

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  • KansasTamale
    12/05/2017
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    Doing away with Net Neutrality is taking away Freedom of Speech - CREATING A DICTATORSHIP. IT will hurt small businesses, Schools, students, researchers and MORE. Companies should NOT CONTROL FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

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  • Brian
    12/05/2017
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    Protect the net do as your constituents are saying in clear voice you are there to represent constituents not your own interests

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  • Lindsay
    12/05/2017
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    A majority of Americans support net neutrality! Do not repeal it!

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  • NoHedges
    12/05/2017
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    Quite sure the opinions of every day Americans polled do not matter. just look at the voting patterns of the legislation that has been approved. Corporate Dictatorships don't care a lot about what the PEOPLE want; just what will make them rich. We are the equivalent of Seussian Bar-ba-Loots, Swommee Swans and Humming Fish and the Once-lers in charge will not stop. Sad reality is, unless these Once-lers ARE stopped our once great country will be filled with "Smogulous Smoke", and our streams and lakes with "Gluppity Glup" and "Shloppity Shlop." And our children and grandchildren, like all those wonderful Seussian creatures, will have to find a new place to live.

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  • Meredith
    12/06/2017
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    In my opinion having net neutrality is our first amendment right. I refuse to let large companies take away my voice and access to knowledge. The first amendment is the very basis of our country’s freedom that we’re so proud of: I am begging you to take public action against it.

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  • Adelynn
    12/05/2017
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    Please support Net neutrality!

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  • P
    12/05/2017
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    Dear Congressional employee. The public requires you to realize maximum Return on the People's investment in the basic research that goes into technological advances. Public institutions, publicly funded competitions, tax breaks and other subsidies are not to be paid back by ignoring the People. Start your negotiations with Nationalizing the Internet. Firmly, your 2018 primary voter.

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  • Michele shelley
    12/05/2017
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    Support net neutrality!! We the people demand to be heard!

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  • Dara
    12/07/2017
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    Save net neutrality, stop corporate greed.

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  • Dwane
    12/05/2017
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    “Net neutrality“ is a ploy to give the government to give the federal government control of the Internet. If the government controls it it will not be uncensored. It will not be updated. It will become more antiquated. But most importantly; big government will be able to censor free speech with the so-called net neutrality.

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  • Jenna
    12/05/2017
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    I and most Americans are in favor of net neutrality so why are you trying to end this. Stop!

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/05/2017
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    By whatever authority you have, as a representative beholden to the people. Stop the radical right from seizing control of the internet. Failure to act on the will of the people in this case is a mistake none of us can afford for you to make.

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  • Thomas
    12/05/2017
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    No!! The internet is for every one and a free forum, this is not right and most of us already pay a ridiculous amount for internet especially with Verizon now they plan to slow most sites down, and make us pay for equal service. This is a disgrace say no to this!!

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  • James
    12/05/2017
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    In the Trump/Republican country in which we now live, does public opinion really matter? Over and over again, the president and the lemmings called Republicans tell us what the American people want, but they pay no attention to the public opinion polls or to the letters and calls we make to their offices. I have contacted my Republican Senator Pat Toomey about this issue and have received no reply. Of course, he lives in the president's pocket so I can expect no better. Americas need to remember all that is being done to us now when we vote in November of next year. Let's turn the Republicans out of Congress then turn our attention to removing the president.

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  • Ryan
    12/05/2017
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    YES on Net Neutraility. My identity was stolen to put an anti NN comment on the FCC NN page - I have no recourse to reclaim my voice. I am a strong NN supporter and will doing everything in my power - including protesting. Please block this vote and hold the FCC accountable to the people and not ATT, Verizon and Comcast.

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  • MimiShort
    12/05/2017
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    As your constituent, I urge you to take action on this issue. It is incredibly important to me and I will not forget your stance. SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY!!!

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