By Chris Teale
May 4, 2022 at 6:00 am ET
As Congress debates legislation to bolster the United States’ competitiveness with China, a new Morning Consult/Politico survey finds that while voters are more likely to believe the United States is ahead on military technology, autonomous vehicles and 5G, pluralities say it trails China in other areas, including artificial intelligence and chip manufacturing.
Legislation to boost the country’s ability to compete with China has been more than a year in the making, though the process has been littered with disagreement as both chambers of Congress passed separate bills that would take different approaches to competitiveness.
Industry leaders welcomed the apparent momentum on legislation, especially for spending on domestic chipmaking, which could provide relief from the semiconductor supply chain crunch wrought by COVID lockdowns and the war in Ukraine that have both snarled production in Asia.
In a statement, John Neuffer, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, urged Congress to pass a bill that funds domestic semiconductor production and “sharpens America’s technological edge for decades to come.”
Meanwhile, sources told Punchbowl News last month that there is willingness on both sides of the aisle to reach a deal on the package.
The April 29-May 2, 2022, survey was conducted among a representative sample of 2,000 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.