Poll: AI seen as greater job threat than immigration, outsourcing

The survey asked Americans to choose which they thought was the greater threat to U.S. jobs over the next decade, immigration and offshoring or new technology, automation, robots, or artificial intelligence. The question defined offshoring as jobs or companies moving overseas.

Although majorities across nearly all subgroups agree that new technology poses a greater risk to their jobs than immigration and offshoring does, Republicans consider the threat posed by technology (52%) to be roughly equal to that of immigration and offshoring (48%). Republicans’ perceptions contrast sharply with Democrats’, whose views strongly tilt toward believing new technology is the greater threat to jobs (67%) than is immigration and offshoring (33%).