NASHVILLE, TENN. – In case you missed it, a new poll shows that the bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act has overwhelming support from the American public. The poll, released by Issue One’s Council for Responsible Social Media and Fairplay, found that 86 percent of U.S. voters support the legislation. Support for the bill crosses partisan lines, with 84 percent of Republicans, 92 percent of Democrats, and 81 percent of independents in favor of it. Only 8 percent of poll respondents expressed opposition to KOSA.
The poll found the public has serious concerns about Big Tech’s harms to kids. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said they believe it is important for the president and Congress to take action to combat social media platforms’ harms. Nearly all voters (94 percent) agreed that mental health challenges facing young people today are a serious problem, and 73 percent blame social media, saying the platforms have had a negative impact on youth mental health over the past two decades.
More information about the newly released poll can be found here.
U.S. Senators Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are the lead sponsors of the bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act, which would provide kids and parents with better tools to protect themselves online, hold Big Tech accountable for harms to kids, and provide transparency into black box algorithms. The bill has the support of nearly half of the U.S. Senate.