More people support than oppose a TikTok ban; frequent users, young adults push back: POLL

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The federal government is considering whether to force TikTok to sell its U.S. operations or ban the app altogether. A recent poll shows that younger adults and frequent users of TikTok are against this, while older adults, infrequent users, and nonusers are more supportive.

According to the poll conducted by Nwoow News/Ipsos, 51% of respondents believe the government should try to force a sale of TikTok, while 46% disagree. Additionally, 53% support banning TikTok if it’s not sold to a non-Chinese company, while 44% are opposed.

President Joe Biden recently signed a law that would ban TikTok in the United States unless it’s sold to a non-Chinese buyer within nine to twelve months. Critics argue that the app could be used by the Chinese government to collect user data and spread misinformation, but TikTok denies these allegations.

The poll shows that 34% of adults use TikTok, with 12% using it often, 10% occasionally, and 12% rarely. Frequent users are most opposed to government action, with 75% against forcing a sale and 84% against a ban. Occasional users are divided on a forced sale, while rare users and nonusers are more supportive.

There’s also a clear generational divide, with 55% of 18- to 29-year-olds using TikTok compared to only 14% of those 65 and older. Younger adults are less supportive of a ban, with only 39% in favor, while seniors are more supportive, with 70% in favor.

The poll also found ideological and partisan differences, with Republicans and conservatives more likely to support a ban than Democrats, independents, and moderates. There are also differences among Trump and Biden voters, with Trump supporters more supportive of government action against TikTok.

Overall, the poll highlights the complex attitudes towards TikTok among different demographic groups, with age, frequency of use, ideology, and partisan affiliation all playing a role in shaping opinions.

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