WASHINGTON, DC – In case you missed it, a new poll by McLaughlin & Associates shows that Americans overwhelmingly distrust China after its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Specifically, 46% of those surveyed said that they we should forego a free market approach and restrict 5G development to American companies to protect against national security risks posed by the Chinese government. Only 34% said that we should continue to employ a free market approach to 5G development.

Furthermore, 75% of those surveyed believe that America must end its dependence on Chinese imports for critical medical, technological, and household products.

Mike Rogers, Chairman of 5G Action Now and former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the poll’s findings:

“The current Covid crisis is highlighting just how reliant we are on China for critical equipment and materials, and just how risky that reliance is. We cannot afford to rely on China for PPE or masks and we absolutely cannot rely on them for anything connected to 5G. Reliance on China for any part of 5G would effectively cede our national and economic security to the Chinese Communist Party. Americans understand that’s a cost not worth paying.”

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.