PUBLIC OPINION > Wikipedia's SOPA Blackout Is a Good Idea
SodaHead News 2012/01/18 13:00:00
If you tried to access Wikipedia today, you were probably met with frustration. The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act have become major issues since big names like Facebook and Google expressed concern, but Wikipedia is taking it to the next level. On a cue from social news site Reddit, Wikipedia decided to unplug Wednesday in protest of SOPA and PIPA, with co-founder Jimmy Wales calling the bill "a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world." We asked SodaHeads if Wikipedia's blackout is worth the trouble.
Wikipedia Blacks Out to Protest SOPA: Is It a Good Idea?
80% Support Wikipedia's Blackout
Finding out what year The Clash got together might take a little more digging today, but it's not the end of the world. Most respondents were happy to hear Wikipedia is making a big deal out of the issue. One wrote, "It will certainly raise awareness of the issue. Millions of people forced to find out what the heck SOPA is all about..." If you weren't already talking about it, you are now. It's a complicated law with good arguments on each side, but the public is clearly on Wikipedia's side. Now maybe they'll make enough to end that donation request they sneak in right before you click on a page.
SOPA Is Strongest With the Middle-Aged
In the age demographic, there was a shallow dip in support for Wikipedia's blackout right in the middle. Support was at its lowest at about age 40, where only 69% of voters thought the blackout was a good idea. That's still a lot of support, and it rose pretty evenly as voters got older and younger, reaching 86% at each extremity.
Student Support the Blackout
If anyone was going to have trouble going a day without Wikipedia, we would have guessed students. Evidently that's not the case. In fact, students were some of the blackout's strongest supporters. College students were especially enthusiastic at 91%. Wikipedias? They don't need no stinkin' Wikipedias.
Liberals Like It Most
At least this is one bill most of us can agree on. Conservatives were the least SOPA-friendly political group, but not by much. 77% of them still supported the blackout. Liberals were almost unanimous with 95%; progressives, moderates, and libertarians were all in the 80s.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about the Wikipedia blackout. We'd love to hear from you!
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