Poll also finds that 9 out of 10 Americans believe 5G will have positive impact on U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, DC – Today 5G Action Now, a new advocacy organization established to fight for the rapid deployment of 5G technology in the United States, released a new poll surveying Americans’ attitudes towards 5G, the race against China to deploy 5G, and the economic impact 5G will have in America.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 1200 registered voters across the country and found that nearly 80% of those surveyed are excited about what 5G can do for their lives and the American economy overall. Further, 84% of those polled believe that it is crucial that we win the race against China to deploy 5G.

Mike Rogers, the Chairman of 5G Action Now and Former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee, stated:

“Getting 5G right is critical for our country’s national and economic security. Successfully rolling out nationwide 5G will spur innovation and growth, and create new jobs and industries. This poll highlights that Americans understand what 5G means for them and just how critical it is that we, and not China, define the 5G future. Rolling out 5G with a public C-band auction this year, as proposed by FCC Chairman Aijit Pai, is a critical step to defining that future.”

Key findings from the poll include –

  • 9 out of 10 Americans say that wireless technology has changed their lives in a positive way, and more than three-fourths say they expect to depend on it even more in the future.
  • 74% of Americans believe Huawei should be removed from the U.S. after hearing they have technology installed across the country.
  • 72% of Americans have at least heard of 5G technology, and when told a little about its capability, nearly 80% say they’re excited about it, with fully 2/3 saying it will have a significant impact on their lives, and nearly nine out of ten saying it will have a positive impact on the country’s economy.
  • By an 84%-16% margin, Americans say it is important for the US to win the 5G race against China.
  • By a similar 86%-14% margin, Americans believe that the US needs to set the rules for 5G development as soon as possible and then let the private sector get to work on implementing 5G.

About 5G Action Now

5G Action Now was founded to establish the United States as the worldwide leader in 5G. Our goal is to elevate the conversation regarding American national security and the economic benefits of winning the 5G innovation and deployment battle against China. 5G will spur economic growth in rural America, create an environment for technological expansion, and put the U.S. on strong national security footing for generations to come.

5G Action Now supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goal of a 2020 C-band auction. Additionally, we support Members of Congress of both parties working together with the federal government to win the 5G race against China.

About Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers is the former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and now serves as the Chairman of 5G Action Now.

In Congress, Chairman Rogers worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals, and oversaw the Intelligence Community’s $70 billion budget that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Before being elected to represent Michigan in the House of Representatives, he was an FBI special agent and member of the U.S. Army.

Today, he hosts the CNN Original Series Declassified, regularly appears on various TV and radio shows, and frequently contributes to major print outlets. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center where he is leading a program on 5G, national security, and intelligence policy.