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Poll: 46% Say Tablets Will Replace Laptops

10 Jan, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The popularity of tablet computers such as the iPad, Kindle Fire and Galaxy Tab are destined to supplant the laptop market, according to a new survey.

Atlanta-based Poll Position found that 46% of more than 1,100 respondents in a Jan. 5 survey believe tablets will replace laptops, including 53% of male respondents and 39% of women. Another 35% said tablets would not replace laptops and 19% offered no opinion.

CE manufacturers are projected to sell 100 million tablets this year, up from 50 million in 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Just 19 million tablets were sold in 2010. By comparison, about 230 million laptops were sold in 2011, and are expected to dominate globally for some time.

A majority of poll respondents between the ages of 30 and 64 picked tablets over laptop computers. In the 30-44 age group, 53% picked tablets to replace PCs, versus 37% who said tablets will not them. Among the 45-64 age group, 52% said tablets would eventually take the place of PCs, versus 30% who said they would not be replaced by iPad-type tablets.

Surprisingly, among younger respondents, in the 18-29 age group, 49% said tablets would not replace laptops, while 37% said they would and 15% offered no opinion.

Finally, in an election year, nearly 50% of Republican respondents said tablets would replace laptops, compared with 45% among Democrats and 43% among independents. Nearly 32% of Republicans said tablets would not replace laptops, versus 38% among Democrats and 35% among independents. Typically, independents proportionally offered higher percentage (22%) of “no opinion” on the matter than Democrats (17%) and Republicans (18%).

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