Poll: 85 Percent Say Freedom of Speech More Important Than Not Offending Others

By Tom Cicotta, BREITBART

An overwhelming 85 percent of Americans say freedom of speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say,” according to a poll published by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday.

A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday revealed that over 85 percent of American adults believe that the right to free speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say.” A mere eight percent said they believe that guarding against personal offense is more important than protecting free speech.

73 percent also agreed with the famous line often attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Another 10 percent disagreed with that statement, and 17 percent said they are undecided.

The poll reveals that there is bipartisan agreement with regards to freedom of speech. Despite overwhelming support for speech rights, Democrats are slightly less supportive as a group of protecting speech for those they disagree with than are Republicans.

Additionally, 47 percent of respondents said they believe that most college administrators and professors are more interested in getting students to toe a specific political line rather than to participate in a free exchange of ideas.

August 25, 2017 | 1 Comment »

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  1. I agree, College Administrators and Professors should be educating students to be open and to accept free speech. However they should be ensuring that what they teach is fact and not unproven theories and false narratives and misinforming gullible students and then using them as political pawns and activists. Students are there to learn and not to be directed, coerced or deceived into propagating destructive and hateful ideologies.