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The Coalition for App Fairness has released Poll Figures from two Organizations that support Antitrust Legislation against Apple, Google+

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Today, the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), a coalition that includes Apple opposition players such as Epic Games, Spotify and others, released a pair of new polls - a national battleground survey and a California statewide - that found likely voters in both political parties back legislation to address the anticompetitive practices of app store gatekeepers. The polls were conducted by Republican and Democratic firms.

 

The battleground survey included Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This survey found that 68% of voters think Big Tech has too much power and 79% support efforts by Congress to pass the Open App Markets Act and open up the mobile app ecosystem to competition. In the California statewide survey, polling showed that 69% of likely California voters believe Big Tech has too much power and 75% support the Open App Markets Act.

 

Rick VanMeter, Executive Director for the Coalition for App Fairness: “The numbers don’t lie - voters across the country overwhelmingly want their members of Congress to stop Big Tech’s anticompetitive practices. Voters have made clear that they want flexibility and choice in how they access apps on their mobile devices. These findings demonstrate that reining in mobile app store gatekeepers by passing the Open App Markets Act is a winning issue for Republicans and Democrats alike. Congress has a simple choice: side with Big Tech or support the American people.”

 

The Open App Markets Act, would fix the broken mobile app marketplace by requiring mobile gatekeepers to allow third party app stores and third party in-app payment systems. Additionally, the legislation prohibits anti-competitive practices, such as “self-preferencing,” by banning app stores from engaging in behaviors that put their products at an advantage over independent developers and competitors.

 

Key Findings of the Battleground Survey Include:

 

  • 79% of likely voters support the Open App Markets Act
  • 68% of likely voters say Big Tech has too much power
  • 59% of likely voters say Apple has too much power
  • 67% of likely voters say Google has too much power
  • 72% agree “Big Tech companies, like Apple and Google, limit competition and restrict innovation from independent app developers”
  • 72% of likely voters support the American Innovation and Choice Online Act
  • 61% of likely voters say they would feel more favorable toward their members of Congress or Senator for supporting this bill
  • Key findings of the California survey include:
  • 75% of California voters support the Open App Markets Act with 50% saying they strongly support the bill
  • 62% of California voters disapprove of the job that Congress has done with regards to regulating Big Tech companies
  • Methodology:
  • On behalf of the Coalition for App Fairness, OnMessage Public Strategies fielded calls in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin between June 4-10, N=1600 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/-2.5%.
  • On behalf of the Coalition for App Fairness, Lake Research Partners designed and administered a California statewide phone survey, conducted from June 1 to June 12, 2022. The survey reached 800 California likely 2022 voters statewide.

 

The Coalition for App Fairness appears to frustrated with Senator Klobuchar’s inability to  bring antitrust proposals to Congress for a vote before the mid-term elections. A Republican held congress would likely lessen the bill’s attack on Apple and Google App Stores and refocus on another agenda about diminishing social media’s overall power in the U.S.

 

On June 4, Patently Apple posted a report titled “Apple’s lobbying against a Proposed Antitrust Bill has so far seemed to be the most persuasive to lawmakers with lingering concerns about the legislation.”

 

In that report, Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech stated that Apple’s lobbying has so far seemed to be the most persuasive to lawmakers with lingering concerns about the legislation, in part because it’s maintained a greater sense of credibility in Washington than some of its peers.

 

Many believe that the members of the The Coalition for App Fairness is simply trying to break Apple’s App Store rules so that industry players such of Epic and Meta could build Metaverse app stores on a platform that Apple created and bypass rgw tough security and privacy standards that Apple is famous for.

 

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