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The Zogby Poll®: Millennials view 'big government' as more of a threat to democracy than 'big tech'

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Utica, New York, Oct. 21, 2020 -- A brand new Zogby Under 40 Presidential Poll, which surveyed 612 Millennials nationwide in the U.S., found a resounding number of Millennials believe "big government" (57%) is more of a threat to democracy than "big tech," (21%) while a fifth (22%) of Millennial voters were not sure.

It's no secret more Millennial voters prefer Joe Biden to win the presidential election against Donald Trump, but at the same time they are hesitant to embrace "big government." There is irony in this because "big government" could be the hallmark of a Biden presidency. Politically, Democrats favor "big government" policies like "Medicare for All," "The Green New Deal," "Universal Pre-K" and "Universal Basic Income."

The threat of "big government" was a sentiment expressed by almost all the demographics surveyed: regardless of gender, race, income, region, ideology, religion, education, and environs, majorities of Millennials agreed that "big government" posed a bigger threat to democracy than "big tech."

The following are highlights from the poll:

An equal number of Democratic (59% 'big government'/22% 'big tech') and Republican (60% 'big government'/22% 'big tech') Millennials believed "big government" was a bigger threat to democracy than "big tech." Independents (51% 'big government/19% 'big tech') were less likely to see "big government" as a threat to democracy, but not by much.

An important demographic that thought "big government" was a threat to democracy were African Americans (68% 'big government'/22% 'big tech'), who historically have embraced "big government" programs advocated by Democrats. White voters (58% 'big government/22% 'big tech') and Hispanic voters (53% 'big government/15% 'big tech') were less likely to think "big government" was a bigger threat to democracy.

Voters who were the most likely to see "big government" as a threat to democracy were Millennials who were 'Social influencers' (74% 'big government'/15% 'big tech'), 'Creative class' voters (66% 'big government'/16% 'big tech'), voters who had gone without food for 24 hours (65% 'big government'/24% 'big tech'), Boxing fans (64% 'big government/19% 'big tech') and MMA fans (64% 'big government/20% 'big tech').

If Millennials are certain Joe Biden is the right choice for president, but do not trust "big government" solutions, could they be hoping Biden is the moderate of old, or are they underestimating the new left wing of the Democratic party, who are pitching to the American people new programs that will cost trillions of dollars and reshape life as we know it? It could also be Millennials do not understand some of the "big government" programs they support in the polls. Either way, Millennials will impact the election by showing up or not showing up at the polls. The ball is in their court!

 

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Zogby Analytics Poll Methodology
US Millennial Likely Voters
10/16/20 - 10/17/20

Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 612 Millennial likely voters in the US. Respondents born between Oct 25, 1980 through 1995 who are likely to vote in national elections were qualified to participate in this survey.

Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey. Each invitation is password coded and secure so that one respondent can only access the survey one time.

Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion.

Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 612 is +/- 4.0 percentage points. This means that all other things being equal, the identical survey repeated will have results within the margin of error 95 times out of 100.

Subsets of the data have a larger margin of error than the whole data set. As a rule we do not rely on the validity of very small subsets of the data especially sets smaller than 50-75 respondents. At that subset we can make estimations based on the data, but in these cases the data is more qualitative than quantitative.

Additional factors can create error, such as question wording and question order.

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About Zogby Analytics:
Zogby Analytics is respected nationally and internationally for its opinion research capabilities. Since 1984, Zogby has empowered clients with powerful information and knowledge critical for making informed strategic decisions.

The firm conducts multi-phased opinion research engagements for banking and financial services institutions, insurance companies, hospitals and medical centers, retailers and developers, religious institutions, cultural organizations, colleges and universities, IT companies and Federal agencies. Zogby's dedication and commitment to excellence and accuracy are reflected in its state-of-the-art opinion research capabilities and objective analysis and consultation.

 

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