Essential Report

Technological Change

Jul 18, 2017

Q. Overall, do you think technological advances in recent years have been positive for:

  Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Culture/entertainment 57% 9% 14% 43% 27% 6% 3% 7%
National security 53% 16% 14% 39% 22% 12% 4% 9%
Provision of government services 50% 14% 10% 40% 28% 9% 5% 9%
Personal safety 49% 16% 11% 38% 27% 12% 4% 8%
Provision of private services 45% 11% 9% 36% 31% 8% 3% 14%
Personal relationships 31% 30% 7% 24% 32% 22% 8% 7%
Job security 27% 34% 7% 20% 30% 23% 11% 9%

By demographic:

  Total agree   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Culture/entertainment 57% 55% 58% 66% 56% 48%
National security 53% 56% 48% 53% 51% 53%
Provision of government services 50% 56% 44% 50% 51% 48%
Personal safety 49% 51% 47% 56% 48% 42%
Provision of private services 45% 50% 40% 52% 44% 39%
Personal relationships 31% 35% 26% 41% 29% 21%
Job security 27% 31% 21% 38% 24% 18%

At least half the respondents think that technological advances have been positive for culture/entertainment (57%), national security (53%) and provision of Government services (50%). However, they were divided over job security (27% agree/34% disagree) and personal relationships (31%/30%).

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