As cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies continue to disrupt fintech and shape the future of the global economy, voters expect presidential candidates to have a grasp of these emerging trends. A recent survey found over 70% of US voters believe presidential hopefuls should have an informed perspective on cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence.
The Harris Poll commissioned by Grayscale Investments surveyed over 2,000 US adults between November 27 and 29, 2022. The key findings were:
- 73% of voters said presidential candidates should understand cryptocurrencies and AI.
- 40% of crypto-aware respondents were more interested in Bitcoin due to economic concerns, while a similar proportion of the crypto-unaware showed decreased interest.
- 26% viewed inflation as the country’s most pressing issue.
While some candidates have highlighted digital assets in their campaigns, it remains uncertain if technology will be a major debate topic in the 2024 presidential election.
2024 Contenders and Cryptocurrency
The 2024 Democratic primaries may feature Joe Biden contending with Donald Trump, depending on legal challenges. On the Republican side, Vivek Ramaswamy has advocated for a crypto-friendly environment and accepts Bitcoin donations. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was the first presidential candidate to take cryptocurrency contributions, while Ron DeSantis has expressed intentions to protect Bitcoin activities.
Kennedy views Bitcoin as a means to promote government transparency and safeguard against totalitarianism. However, greater education is needed for wider cryptocurrency adoption. The New Hampshire primaries in January 2024 will offer early clues about election trends.
While the Stand With Crypto presidential forum featured longshot candidates, the poll shows mainstream candidates must develop informed perspectives to resonate with voters on cryptocurrencies and emerging technologies.