Of the nearly 1,300 surveyed, 38.5 percent said Trump was the tech industry's top threat, ahead of China (28 percent), working regulations (20 percent) and lack of funding (15 percent). The survey was conducted in early March by Collision Conference, a 20,000-attendee annual tech conference in New Orleans that will be held this year starting on May 2.
The survey, which polled past attendees of the event, found a number of unflattering opinions of Trump are widespread in the industry. Eighty-five percent of those polled believe that Trump's anti-immigration policies will "seriously damage America's ability to innovate." Another 89 percent of respondents said that "America's reputation in the world has been severely damaged by the election of President Trump." And only 18 percent of respondents "agreed that Donald Trump will be better for the world economy than Barack Obama."
These results mirror Silicon Valley's official and unofficial responses to Trump since his election. In that timeframe, U.S. tech companies have repeatedly voiced their opposition to Trump's policies and rhetoric, they have filed legal challenges against the president's actions, and they have taken steps to counter actions by Trump.
Among respondents, 43 percent were American while the rest hailed from 110 other countries. The answers for domestic and foreign respondents aligned closely on questions dealing with Trump.
The survey also asked respondents their opinions on matters unrelated to the presidency. Among those topics, 88 percent of those surveyed said that the tech industry has failed to address sexism and misogyny. Meanwhile, 76 percent said Silicon Valley has been complicit in the promotion of fake news.