Voters SPEAK OUT – Majority Support!

(RightIsRight.co) – In key battleground House districts, a majority of voters have said they supported the government to enact laws enhancing online safety for children and teenagers.

According to a recent poll shared exclusively with The Hill, 88% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans back legislative measures to safeguard minors on the internet.

The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the Omidyar Network-backed The Tech Oversight Project in early June on 602 voters across 22 battleground districts. The margin of error for the survey is 4 percentage points.

Additionally, the Cook Political Report included districts held by Housе Energy and Commerce Committee leaders Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ).

Focus was also given to the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), a legislation designed to address concerns about the influence of digital tools and features on children’s mental health.

78 % of those polled supported KOSA, with backing from 83% of Democrats and 78% of Republicans.

More than half of the voters (56%) indicated they would be more likely to support their Congress member in future elections if they endorsed KOSA, with stronger support noted among Democrats (62%) than Republicans (56%).

Support was less pronounced among independents, with only 46% favoring lawmakers who back KOSA.

The Senatе version of KOSA has received significant support, with over 60 co-sponsors, enough to overcome a filibuster.

However, the legislation has not been brought up for a vote on the Senate floor yet. In the Housе, the bill moved through a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee in April but has not been passed by the full committee yet.

While the bill enjoys broad bipartisan support, some groups, particularly those advocating for tech and LGBTQ issues, have raised concerns.

They argue that KOSA could restrict access to important information on topics like sexuality and reproductive health due to the enforcement powers it grants to state attorneys general.

However, supporters point out that recent amendments to the bill text have addressed these concerns and prompted some leftwing LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations, such as GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, to withdraw their opposition.

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