A new survey finds that a tech savvy conservative who believes the government should regulate tech companies more is a better bet than a tech friendly liberal, a demographic that is expected to be a big part of the 2020 presidential election.
The survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) finds that, among likely GOP voters, a tech oriented Republican is the better bet.
The NAM polled 2,000 likely GOP primary voters and 400 likely general election voters from June 12 to 18.
Of the 2,500 likely GOP vote-getters, 2,838 are tech savvy and 2,964 are tech friendly.
NAM President and CEO Robert W. Jones, who co-authored the survey, says this is a sign of how quickly tech is changing.
“Technology is the future, and we are entering a time where it’s going to be the defining technology of our time,” he says.
“Tech is going to determine our political, economic, and social landscape.”
In 2020, tech savvy Republicans are projected to make up almost a third of the Republican Party, according to the NAM poll.
A tech savvy liberal is projected to account for just under one-third of the GOP.
Both the tech-focused and tech-friendly voters are likely to be part of a future coalition that includes tech-centric voters, who have grown increasingly conservative in recent years, the Nam survey found.
The demographic that was once the backbone of the tech savvy GOP is now also expected to make an important, if still untapped, contribution to the next GOP presidential primary.
“The tech savvy Republican demographic is the demographic that has a lot of potential in the future,” Jones says.
In addition to tech savvy conservatives, tech-oriented Republicans also appear to be more enthusiastic about their role in the party.
Among those who identified as tech savvy, 78% are confident they are the right person to be in the White House, and 70% are enthusiastic about being part of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Among the tech friendly Republicans, 73% said they would support Trump, while 76% said the same of a tech Democratic presidential candidate.
A number of GOP candidates are also running for president in 2020.
In November, Trump named former Arkansas Gov.
Mike Huckabee as his running mate.
He was also nominated by Vice President Mike Pence.
And in August, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas became the first Republican to formally launch a presidential campaign.
Nam surveyed its sample of 2,800 likely GOP caucus-goers, with the margin of error being +/- 3 percentage points.
The full survey can be read here.