Free speech for me but not for thee. A newly commissioned poll suggests that a majority of American college students approve of campus speech restrictions, and nearly a third believe the First Amendment is “outdated.”
The poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, was commissioned by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, a Yale University organization that describes its mission as promoting intellectual diversity on campus. It asked undergraduate students around the country their views on a variety of free speech topics.
According to the survey, students around the country are very accepting of restrictions on free speech, in particular speech they regard as hateful or otherwise unpalatable. While 70% of students said free speech is “very important” to them (another 26% said it was “somewhat important”), 51% also said they support the existence of “speech codes” on college campuses to regulate what students are allowed to say, while only 36% are opposed.
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