Technology & Innovation

Americans believe technology improves their lives

April 5, 2019

In an op-ed published by Morning Consult, Charles Koch Institute (CKI) Senior Research Fellow Neil Chilson highlights a recent poll that shows that while the media worries about technology’s effect on the social order Americans are excited about future innovations.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of CKI and GET Creative, a division of USA Today Network, found more than two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) believe technology has improved their generation’s quality of life. Nearly three-fifths (58 percent) expect technology to continue improving quality of life for the next generation, particularly when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family (70 percent) and enhancing education (63 percent) and employment (62 percent).

Chilson says, “Fears about innovation are often amplified by those who profit from sensationalism. Yet everyday people find, time and time again, that innovation improves their lives as they weave new products and services into the fabric of our society.”

The poll also found Americans believe their country is uniquely creative and innovative. Respondents cited the American entrepreneurial spirit (90 percent), the U.S. education system (87 percent) and its law and regulatory systems (81 percent) as the top factors contributing to the United States’ innovation leadership.

Click here to read Chilson’s full op-ed.