Most Americans give high marks to Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing and don’t think the government needs to regulate their responses. According to the latest Rasmussen report “national telephone survey of 740 adult internet users, conducted on Jan.4-5, 2011, finds that 77% of Adults say there is no need for government regulation of the way that search engines select the recommendations they provide in response to search inquiries. Just 11% believe such regulation is necessary, while just as many (12%) are not sure.”
In the search engine poll, voters were asked if there was “a need for government regulation of the way that search engines select the recommendations they provide.” In addition to the 77% saying now, 11% said yes while 12% were not sure.
Just 21% of voters think the Federal Communications Commission should regulate the Internet like it does radio and television. Most voters worry that regulation would be used to push a political agenda.