Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet, Most Fear Regulation Would Promote Political Agenda - Rasmussen Reports™
Rassmusen is known to provide manipulative polls and this seems to be just another propaganda piece. I expect the Propaganda Network will have it highly featured over the next couple of weeks.
Here are the questions they asked. I assume the 21% is the response to #2.
1* How closely have you followed stories about Internet neutrality issues?
2* Should the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like it does radio and television?
3* What is the best way to protect those who use the Internet—more government regulation or more free market competition?
4* If the Federal Communications Commission is given the authority to regulate the Internet, will they use that power in an unbiased manner or will they use it to promote a political agenda?
More from the Rasmussen report.
The issue has attracted little public notice. Just 20% are following news of the net neutrality regulations Very Closely. Another 35% say they’re following it Somewhat Closely.
Most Americans (55%) continue to favor FCC regulation of radio and TV.
The latest results are similar to earlier data showing little support for FCC regulation of the Internet.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters say the government's most important role is to protect their individual rights. Twenty-four percent (24%) believe a government’s primary purpose is to ensure fairness and social justice, while 10% say it's to manage the economy.
But nearly half (48%) of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.
A lot of bad crap in this.
"nearly half (48%) of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights". More than half don't see it as a problem. How many see big business or the super wealthy as a threat?
"Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters say the government's most important role is to protect their individual rights." but only 21% want the FCC regulating the Internet? They must not realize that if the FCC doesn't regulate the Internet, big business will and they will charge more for it.
"Most Americans (55%) continue to favor FCC regulation of radio and TV." They're OK with regulation of radio and TV but not the Internet? How the fuck can that be? All that regulation of radio and TV sure hasn't hurt Rush or O'Reilly's freedom much, now has it.
What sort of response would they get if you ask the question like this,....
"Should the internet providers like Comcast and Verizon be allowed to combine portions of the internet into channels and charge users for "channel packages" like they do with cable TV? A YouTube channel package might be 20$ a month, A news package another 5$. Add a local package for 5$ per computer. etc...
should the FCC put regulations in place to prevent this "packaging of the internet", therfore allowing full internet access to everone for the cost of a single connection."
This was just a crappy poll designed to give the right-wing propaganda masters something to use. Why would Drudge lead with it?