(Jim Hock) Yes, I am a polling geek so I spent some time looking at the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll on the Presidential race, which continues to show a tight race for the Presidency. But layered deep within the survey was some interesting polling data on the favorability of the tech industry. Respondents were asked about their ratings for a few industries such as tech and automotive and institutions such as the military, Supreme Court, etc.
Now in tech sector, we always think of ourselves as the cute little puppy dog everyone loves. You be the judge — 22% of Americans say they have "a great deal" of confidence in the tech sector, 25% say "quite a bit" and 41% say "some." Add those first two and you get 47% having a great deal or quite a bit of confidence in tech. Very few completely dislike us as only 7% say they have "very little confidence" in tech. Hmm. Compared to the automotive sector, add up the first two and you get 28% with "a great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence in that sector. That's a 19 point difference. Yet compared to US military, tech has a long way to go because a wide majority (76%) have lots of confidence in our military. If only we could have those numbers and maybe tech sector could get some of its policy priorities through even this Congress.