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Report: 1 in 6 Americans would use AI to vote

How much do Americans trust AI? We ran a survey to find out.

This page has been updated to correct numerical errors in the Health and Finance sections. We also reformatted some of the statistics throughout the report to ensure consistency and make it easier to read. (Feb. 15, 2024)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be the unofficial theme of the past year, and the recent 2024 Consumer Electronics Show confirmed it. From robot snowblowers to AI implants to an app that claims to be able to translate a baby’s cries, this year’s annual event created just as much excitement as it did skepticism.

It had us wondering—how trusting are Americans when it comes to new AI products? How would they be willing to incorporate AI into their everyday lives?

We surveyed 1,000 Americans aged 18 and older to find out. Below are some of our findings.

Health and Safety

When it comes to their personal health, Americans are relatively trusting of AI. In fact, according to our survey results, they trust it more to diagnose diseases than to write a news article, cook a meal, or drive a vehicle.

  • Over two-fifths (42%) said they would trust AI to diagnose infections, diseases, and other health conditions.
  • Almost half (43%) would use an AI-powered implant, such as a pacemaker.
  • More than 3 in 10 (34%) said that they would use a virtual AI therapist or counselor.
  • Nearly 60% said they would trust AI to guide them if they couldn’t see.
  • Around a quarter (27%) would trust an AI-driven vehicle.
  • 35% would trust AI to cook a meal for them.

Finance

As shown in the bar chart above, Americans are least trusting of AI when it comes to finance, compared to any other category included in our survey.

  • Nearly half (43%) of Americans would use AI to file their taxes.
  • More than 1 in 4 (30%) would trust AI to make a purchase on their behalf.
  • Over a third (35%) would use AI to make investment decisions for them.

Work

As advancements in AI seem to be more and more frequent, Americans are becoming equally worried about the future of their jobs. In fact, our final survey question was open-ended, asking respondents to describe their biggest AI fears. Most of the responses were related to work and the possibility that AI will obsolete their jobs.

  • Over a third (34%) of respondents said they would use AI to perform their jobs for them, if they knew they could get away with it.
  • More than half (54%) would trust AI to manage their work schedule.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 (32%) would use AI to hire someone.
  • 48% would use AI to apply for a job.
  • About one-third (32%) would trust AI to judge a competition or contest.

Information and Communication

With election season looming, AI is an especially controversial topic. The majority of our survey respondents expressed concerns over information accuracy. While many are trusting of AI, others worry about authenticity and the source of the information it’s feeding them.

  • More than 1 in 6 (17%) would trust AI to help them decide who to vote for.
  • Almost 2 in 5 (37%) would trust the information in an article written by AI.
    • Conversely, 63% would not trust the information in an article written by AI.
  • Over 3 in 4 (77%) would use AI to translate speech (from a foreign language) in real time.

Lifestyle and Entertainment

Unsurprisingly, our survey respondents showed that Americans are most trusting of AI when it comes to entertainment or lifestyle.

  • More than one-third (37%) said they’d trust AI to create an online dating profile for them.
  • Over half (56%) would trust AI to choose a movie or TV show.
    • In other words, almost half of Americans do not trust AI to pick a movie for them.
  • Almost half (44%) would use AI to plan their family vacation.

Methodology

HighSpeedInternet.com ran a survey of 1,000 Americans age 18+ in January 2024, using the online survey platform PollFish. The results shown above are post-stratified. Post-stratification weighting method is a way to achieve a distribution equal with that of such known characteristics of the population. In this case, it was applied to age, gender, and income status. Note that all the survey questions represented above were yes-or-no questions.

If you have questions about the survey, methodology or data in this report, you can email them to press@highspeedinternet.com.

Author -

Andrea Harvey is a Utah-based writer and digital PR/outreach specialist. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon and a background in local newspapers.

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