The College Fix thecollegefix.com 08 Jan, 2021 05:30 am

Nearly two-thirds of college students think government should have power to punish ‘hate speech’: survey

Nearly two-thirds of college students think government should have power to punish ‘hate speech’: survey
UW-Madison survey finds majority support among students for cracking down on offensive speech.

p p UW-Madison survey finds majority support among students for cracking down on offensive speech A new survey from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that 63 percent of students on campus believe the government should be able to punish “hate speech.” The question asked was: “How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The government should be able to punish hate speech?Further, 40 percent of students agreed the government should be able to restrict the speech of “climate change deniers” and 50 percent of students believe the government should be able to restrict the speech of “racially insensitive people.Only 47 percent of male students said they “slightly,” “somewhat,” or “strongly” agreed that the government should be able to restrict hate speech, while an astounding 75 percent of female students believed so.

“These results show that many students find it difficult to distinguish between, on the one hand, the moral concerns of speech or activities that are contested or even detestable and, on the other, the long run value derived from free speech and religious liberty,” the report reads.” In one 2019 survey by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a majority of college students said they value inclusivity over free speech, think their fellow students should have their political views censored if they are hurtful or offensive to certain students, and think that students should be excluded from extracurricular activities if they publicly express intolerant, hurtful, or offensive viewpoints.

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