Most US Voters Support Total Federal TikTok Ban

According to a recent poll, a majority of U.S. voters support a nationwide ban on the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok.

The survey from pollster Scott Rasmussen’s firm RMG Research showed that 54% of American voters support a nationwide ban on the popular app, while only 32% “somewhat” or “strongly” oppose a ban and 13% are unsure of their thoughts on a ban.

However, the data is significantly different when broken down by age group — with 69% of American voters over the age of 65 supporting a nationwide ban on TikTok, compared to 60% of those aged 55-64, 57% of those aged 45-54, 38% of those between the ages of 35-44 and 43% of adults under the age of 34.

TikTok was the only app that most voters reported believing posed a “very” or “somewhat serious” threat to the United States, with 51% agreeing with those concerns.

The RMG Research poll was conducted among 1,000 registered U.S. voters between December 18-19 and has a 3.1% margin of error.

The survey comes as U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle continue to express concern about TikTok’s influence on American youth, as well as the national security threats posed by the communist China-owned app. At least 34 states have already banned the social media app from being used on government devices due to national security concerns.

Meanwhile, support is increasing among lawmakers for an outright ban on the app for all Americans, especially after Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr acknowledged that TikTok appeared to be sending user biometrics to China. It has also been reported that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is closely controlling the app’s algorithms, meaning that they are in control of what American children are watching and listening to.

This has led to a rise in concerning trends and beliefs among American youth. For example, a recent Generation Lab survey revealed that “young adults who used TikTok were more likely to hold antisemitic beliefs” — as extremist content, including support for deceased terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, has been spreading on the platform since Hamas’ terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7.