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Old November 6th, 2015 #1
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Default Poll of College Students Reveals Little Regard for Free Speech

Freedom of speech may be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but a recent poll of college students reveals that it is not that highly valued a commodity on American campuses.

According to a recent poll of 800 undergraduates across the country conducted by McLaughlin & Associates and sponsored by Yale University's William F. Buckley, Jr. program, 30 percent of students who identify

as "liberal" believe the First Amendment is outdated.

In addition, a majority (51 percent) of students favor speech codes on the campus, and 16 percent want even more control of free speech.

Perhaps in light of the fact that 32 percent of responding students were unable to even name which amendment to the Constitution specifically deals with freedom of speech, these answers should not be shocking.

Thirty-five percent of the students stated that so-called hate speech is not protected under the First Amendment, with only 42 percent believing that it should be protected.

The survey also asked for a response to the statement, "My college or university should forbid people from speaking on campus who have a history of engaging in hate speech." Fifty-two percent of the students agreed.

One presumes that the previous question was in regard to guest speakers. But what about the free exchange of ideas among the students and faculty already on the campus?

A startling 72 percent of those queried agreed that "Any student or faculty member on campus who uses language that is considered racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise offensive should be subject to disciplinary action."
Poll of College Students Reveals Little Regard for Free Speech


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