Forty-two percent of Americans support the U.S. government’s TikTok ban, according to new research.

The survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by Talker Research, found that only 23% of all those polled are against it, while 31% have no real opinion on the matter.

Interestingly, while 42% of Gen Z and 35% of millennial respondents reported that they regularly use the app, 36% and 40%, respectively, support the ban. 

Forty-two percent of Americans support the U.S. government’s TikTok ban, according to new research. Rey – stock.adobe.com
The survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by Talker Research, found that only 23% of all those polled are against it, while 31% have no real opinion on the matter. Vladimir Borovic – stock.adobe.com

This research was conducted just before President Biden officially signed the bill, which gives TikTok’s parent company ByteDance nine months to arrange a sale of the platform or face a ban in the United States.

Only one in four (25%) of the respondents said they would be impacted by the bill passing, with 45% saying it would not impact them at all. 

In fact, 39% said they would be “very” unimpacted if the TikTok ban were to go through — well over half (58%) reported that they don’t use the app at all.

Of parents polled, 47% expressed worry over their children using TikTok, with 21% finding the prospect of their child using the app “very” worrying.

While 42% of Gen Z and 35% of millennial respondents reported that they regularly use the app, 36% and 40%, respectively, support the ban.  AFP via Getty Images
39% of respondents said they would be “very” unimpacted if the TikTok ban were to go through Antonioguillem – stock.adobe.com

The top concern was found to be the possibility of their child seeing inappropriate or disturbing content (58%), followed by worries that they might become too obsessed with it (51%).

Forty-four percent expressed concerns about data privacy, and 43% said they were worried their child might be subject to cyberbullying.

Alongside those, worrying about what they’re posting and sharing (39%), who they are meeting/engaging with (38%), and it shortening their attention spans (29%) all topped the list.

Only one in five parents said that their child using TikTok was not a concerning issue.

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