Survey concludes Democrats more likely than Republicans to support government censorship
As noted by Pew, the topic of free speech has become a hot button issue in recent weeks in light of several incidents surrounding far-left college students.
When broken down by political ideology, the analysis also found that Democrats were much more likely than Republicans to support censoring speech.
“Nearly twice as many Democrats say the government should be able to stop speech against minorities (35%) compared with Republicans (18%),” Pew concluded.
Women and minorities were more likely than men and non-Hispanic whites to back a government censorship campaign as well.
“Our findings also show a racial divide on this question, with non-whites more likely (38%) to support government prevention of such speech than non-Hispanic whites (23%),” the report adds. “One-third of all women say the government should be able to curtail speech that is offensive to minorities vs. 23% of men who say the same.”
Although support for limiting speech has grown to historic highs in the United States, other countries across the globe continue to hold even more favorable views.
“Compared with people we surveyed in dozens of nations, Americans as a whole are less likely to favor the government being able to prevent speech of any kind…” Pew adds.
While making mention of the migrant crisis, Pew also notes that many European countries are overwhelmingly supportive of the government “preventing” certain speech.
The surveys findings reflect many headlines emerging from the continent in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, a Facebook page which included discussions regarding the arrival of asylum seekers was seized by Dutch police for non-violent comments opposing the country’s stance.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was even caught on a hot mic with German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitting the company’s plans to censor anti-migrant posts.