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AI's Role in Misinformation Raises Concerns Ahead of 2024 Election

Over half of Americans predict that AI-driven misinformation will influence the results of the 2024 presidential election, according to a recent Axios-Morning Consult AI survey. The study revealed that 53% of participants feel that AI's role in disseminating false information will have an effect on the election outcome. This sentiment was commonly shared among regular viewers of major news networks like Fox, CNN, and MSNBC.

2020's Trump supporters were twice as prone to express decreased trust in the election results due to AI as compared to Biden voters. Breaking down the numbers, 47% of those concerned about AI misinformation were Trump voters, while 27% supported Biden.

With AI reshaping the landscape of election advertising for 2024, 35% of participants said that such advancements would undermine their trust in election promotions. Delving deeper, 42% of this skeptical group were Trump supporters, and 33% had voted for Biden.

These findings emphasize the prevailing uncertainties about election credibility, especially in the aftermath of the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021. Interestingly, skepticism towards AI transcends party boundaries, with neither party candidate receiving immense trust from their own supporters in managing AI. While 35% of Democrats placed significant trust in Biden's AI oversight capabilities, 40% of Trump-voting Republicans expressed high trust in Trump's AI handling prowess.

The study also highlighted widespread concerns over AI's rapid evolution. A third of respondents expressed deep apprehension about the pace of AI development. When comparing human intelligence with AI, 34% felt humans held the edge, whereas 22% believed AI was superior. Nonetheless, a striking majority - early two-thirds - felt humanity is on the brink of being overshadowed by AI, with 54% foreseeing this transition within five years, and 90% within a quarter of a century.

Conducted from August 10-13, the poll gathered insights from 2,203 U.S. adults and boasts a 2 percentage point margin of error.


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