Two-Thirds of Citizens Say Attorney General Jim Hood's Investigation Should Continue So Mississippians Will Know if Google Broke Law Allowing Promotion of Illegal Sale of Narcotics, Steroids, Stolen Credit Cards and Human Trafficking

Feb. 12, 2015 - Mississippians overwhelmingly support state Attorney General Jim Hood's efforts to investigate Google, according to a new poll released today. The Attorney General has taken action concerning long-time and broad concerns that Google is breaking the law by allowing the promotion of narcotics, steroids, stolen credit cards, counterfeit passports and human trafficking on its Internet platforms.

The survey, commissioned by American Values Network, found that 68 percent support efforts to investigate the large California-based company, which has come under scrutiny for allowing its platforms to promote illegal and dangerous activities. Google has gone to court in an attempt to stop Hood's investigation, which is at the early fact-finding stage. A federal court judge will decide whether to let the investigation proceed in a case that could have broad nationwide implications.

"This is about Mississippi's families standing up against a giant California company who is looking the other way for the sake of huge profit margins at the expense of families and children," says Eric Sapp, American Values Network, Executive Director. "It seems that Mississippians understand and support their Attorney General. We join all of Mississippi in standing up for Internet safety."

The survey of Mississippi citizens conducted January 14-20, 2015 found that:

 

  • Sixty-eight percent support Attorney General Hood's effort to investigate whether Google is breaking the law by allowing some individuals to promote the illegal sale of things such as narcotics, steroids, stolen credit cards, and counterfeit passports. 
  • Sixty-five percent of respondents disagreed with Google's efforts to shut down Hood's investigation before it starts. Only eighteen percent thought it should be shut down.
  • A majority thought Google's $500 million settlement for helping overseas pharmacies illegally market drugs into the United States was part of a pattern of bad behavior by the company and not a one-time event.
  • Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said it was probably something Google did regularly and they finally got caught. Nineteen percent thought it was probably a one-time event and not something Google did regularly.
  • In 2011, Google paid the $500 million to avoid prosecution in the case, which involved overseas pharmacies using Google advertising to illegally promote the sale of the drugs in the United States.
  • Google faces challenges over its profiting from ads on its YouTube subsidiary for videos promoting the illegal sale of narcotics, steroids, stolen credit cards, and counterfeit passports. According to the survey, 65 percent said it makes them think less about Google's willingness to keep the Internet safe.

The survey of 400 Mississippi residents was conducted by Zogby Analytics and has a margin of error of 5.3 percent.