Nearly half of US college students believe hate speech should not be protected

Friday, 13 October 2017, 10:53:55 AM. A new survey on American college students' views on free speech reveals that nearly half believe hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment.
White nationalist Richard Spencer and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A new survey on American college students' views on free speech reveals that nearly half believe hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment. The report, a project of the pro-free speech organization Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), found that 48 percent of students do not think the First Amendment should protect hate speech. Thirty-five percent of students do think hate speech should be protected. According to the study, 58 percent of students think it is important not to be exposed to "intolerant or offensive ideas." Respondents who labeled themselves Democrats were 19 percentage points more likely than those who identified as Republican to believe there are instances when speakers should be disinvited by a university. Disinviting speakers is supported by 78% of "very liberal" students and by 38% of "very conservative" students. The survey aimed to offer a representative snapshot of students' political views on an average American campus, but Nico Perrino, an organization spokesperson, noted that all of the results, collected from some 1,200 students by YouGov between May 25 and June 8, may have changed following August's events in Charlottesville, where a white supremacist march...Read more
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