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A recent poll shows support for a ban on TikTok in the US

From CNN’s Ariel Edwards-Levy

Two polls released this week find more popular support than opposition to a U.S. government ban on the app — though younger Americans and frequent TikTok users are opposed to such a ban.

Among Americans who have heard of TikTok, 61% support the US government banning the app, while 39% oppose it. The CBS News/YouGov poll was released Thursday. Most of the public, more than 9 in 10, say they have heard or read something about apps.

Views vary drastically with age. Among those who have heard of TikTok, the percentage of people who say they are in favor of banning the app are:

  • 39% of those under 30 years of age
  • 55% of 30 to 44 year olds
  • 65% of 45 to 64 year olds
  • 83% of those 65 and older

70% of Republicans, 60% of Democrats and 58% of independents who have heard of TikTok all support a ban.

Among Americans who have heard of TikTok, 56% consider its ties to China a national security risk, 22% say TikTok’s parent company is based in China does not pose such a risk, and the rest are unsure.

In Washington Post poll Also released this week, a majority supported banning TikTok in the United States – 41% supported 25% opposed, a third (34%) were unsure, although a majority of 54% of daily TikTok users said they would not. Check to ban the app.

A Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans (71%) say they are somewhat concerned that TikTok’s parent company is based in China, and majorities say TikTok allows the spread of misinformation (73%) and harms the mental health of teenagers (72%).

But a third, 34%, said they believed TikTok collected more personal data than other social media apps, and (43%) said it collected the same amount of data as other apps, and 21% were not sure.

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