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Rasmussen Poll: Voters See Freedom of Speech Being Lost
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August 23, 2017, 07:40 PM
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The American people are not asleep regarding the newly discovered “sensitivity” in the nation regarding subjects that may be influenced by politically correct ideology as defined by the liberal media.

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters believe they need to be careful when speaking about “controversial” issues.

Just 28% Think Americans Have True Freedom of Speech Today, Rasmussen Reports, August 22, 2017

Few Americans think they have true freedom of speech today and think the country is too politically correct.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults think Americans have true freedom of speech today. Most (66%) think, rather, they have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . .

The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 17 & 20, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

In addition, a Rasmussen survey from last spring shows the erosion of freedom on campus, where debating challenging ideas was once an accepted part of the educational process. But as I wrote two years ago, Universities Enforce Liberal Censorship in Classrooms, the culture war for America’s founding principles is being lost on campus.
Americans See Free Speech on Campuses as a Thing of the Past, Rasmussen Reports, May 3, 2017

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter recently cancelled a planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, following protests and threats of violence by the students. Americans are now left wondering whether free speech on college campuses is simply a relic of a bygone era.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults think there is less freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Twenty-three percent (23%) think there’s more freedom than in the past, while 27% think the level of freedom of speech is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . .

The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 27 & 30, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.