A surprising number of lower-income U.S. workers are spooked by technology.
Among workers making less than $30,000 per year, 25 percent report they are concerned their job could be replaced by technology in the next five years, according to CNBC's latest All-America Economic Survey released on Tuesday. Only 4 percent of the wealthiest Americans, earners above $100,000, share the same concern.
When it comes to technological fear, the nation also splits along educational lines: one fifth of those with a high school degree or less are afraid of losing their job to a robot. Only 6 percent of post-grads are concerned.
The CNBC poll highlights Americans' complex relationship with technology, with 52 percent saying a growing reliance on technology is generally bad as people become too dependent on it and life will get too complicated. In a similar question asked by Pew Research in 1999, only 39 percent believed this was the case. Income and education are again key factors with the least-educated and poorest Americans most concerned about technological dependence.
Despite these drawbacks, 55 percent of respondents say a growing reliance on technology is net positive for the economy because it means products and services can be made more efficiently and sold at lower prices to consumers.
Americans' acceptance of technology in the workplace might be explained by a more efficient work day; 59 percent say the Internet and technology has made them more productive at work. This compares to just 46 percent in a similar survey conducted in 2014 by the Pew Internet and American Life Project Poll.