Most Americans cautious about relying too much on robots

Ted MarzilliCEO YouGov Direct
December 19, 2018, 4:30 PM GMT+0

Conservatives appear more wary of depending on them than liberals

We’ve seen it happen in the movies. We’ve read about it in science fiction. These days, however, the possibility of robots taking over seems to grow more real by the minute — especially when it comes to the labor market.

According to the latest data from YouGov Plan & Track, the majority of US adults are wary about society becoming overly reliant on machines. In total, 62% of Americans agree with the statement, “We need to stop depending so much on robots to help us.”
Only a quarter (25%) disagree.

A closer examination of the data reveals that consumers earning $49,999 or less per year are slightly more likely than average to show concern: 67% say we should stop depending on robots so much. At the other end of the income spectrum, consumers earning $90,000 or more appear less worried about society’s increasing reliance on automation, though the majority (55%) still are.

Additional numbers suggest that an even wider divide exists along political lines. Overall, 71% of conservatives think we need to stop depending so much on robots to help us, compared to just 51% of liberals who think the same.

At the same time, most Americans believe that technology will only continue to advance, as 62% agree that, in the future, artificial intelligence will help humans in most of their daily tasks.

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