SOPA Survey: Many People Against Controversial Act

Many internet users have been up in arms over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would basically make it possible for websites to be shut down or at least temporarily disabled if there is an accusation of copyright violation. Some websites such as Wikipedia are even organizing a blackout this week in protest. Opponents say the act is internet censorship, and supporters of it say it is necessary to protect intellectual property.



In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, only 15% of those who are aware of SOPA said they are supportive of it. 75% of those respondents said they support it because there has to be some kind of regulation for user-submitted content online. 67% said they support it because it stops copyright violators and protects intellectual property, 50% said they support it because it protects businesses and jobs, and 42% said they support it because the internet needs to be censored.


On the other hand, 64% of respondents who are aware of SOPA said they are against it. 79% of those respondents oppose it because they say it’s internet censorship, 76% said they worry it will negatively impact their favorite websites, 72% said it violates the first amendment, 70% worry it would negatively impact online businesses, 66% said it is a violation of privacy and other rights, and another 36% said SOPA is a good idea but just goes way too far.

User-Submitted Content

Even though 50% of total respondents said they’ve never heard of SOPA, and another 29% said they don’t know much about it, many of them use websites that might be affected if the bill passes. 76% of respondents use YouTube, 57% use Wikipedia, 41% use Twitter, 9% use Tumblr, and 4% use Reddit. But those are just a few of the sites that might be affected. Another 38% said they use other sites with user-driven content.

Whether or not SOPA will come into fruition is yet to be seen. The widget below shows the results of the survey in full. Be sure to click “open full report” for full details.

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Results were collected on January 15 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.