Majority of US voters want a presidential candidate informed on tech — Grayscale poll

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In a poll conducted on behalf of Grayscale, 73% of respondents said they “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” that a U.S. presidential candidate should be informed on crypto and AI.

Majority of US voters want a presidential candidate informed on tech — Grayscale poll

Roughly 73% of people polled on the role of cryptocurrency in the 2024 United States Presidential Election said candidates should be informed about innovative technology.

According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Grayscale Investments, 73% of 2,090 adults said they “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” that a U.S. presidential candidate “should have an informed perspective on innovative technology, like AI or crypto.” The survey was conducted online from Nov. 27-29.

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Though some presidential candidates, including Republican Vivek Ramaswamy, have made digital assets a central part of their campaigns, the issue may not be a mainstream debate topic once nominees are finalized. At the time of publication, polls suggest Democratic frontrunner and U.S. President Joe Biden could face off against Republican frontrunner and former President Donald Trump, depending on the latter’s 91 felony charges and challenges to his name on state ballots.

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According to the Grayscale poll, “crypto is relevant to Americans” in the 2024 elections, with 26% of respondents saying inflation is the most pressing problem in the country right now. Roughly 40% of those already familiar with cryptocurrency responded they would be “more interested” in owning Bitcoin (BTC) amid inflation and the current economy, while roughly the same percentage who weren’t familiar with crypto said they would be “less interested.”

Source: Grayscale

“In the past, inflation and other economic concerns have generated interest in investing in assets like Bitcoin,” said Grayscale. “[T]hose familiar with Bitcoin see it as a macro asset and […] there may be additional education needed to help a broader audience better understand nascent technologies, like Bitcoin, for there to be greater mainstream adoption.”

In January, New Hampshire will hold one of the first primaries for the 2024 U.S. presidential election, providing what many pollsters and political pundits consider a first look at how the election may unfold on Nov. 5. The Stand With Crypto campaign hosted a presidential forum in the U.S. state on Dec. 4, but only three candidates attended — all of them widely considered longshots for their respective party’s nomination.

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