Most voters are concerned about “hate speech” on the Internet, but are split on whether speech can be suppressed without violating First Amendment protections.
That's according to Rasmussen Reports.
The poll finds that 70% of likely U.S. voters say they think hate speech on the Internet is a serious problem, including 45% who say the problem is "very serious."
Twenty-four percent (24%) say they do not consider hate speech on the Internet to be a serious problem.
Forty-one percent (41%) of voters say the federal government should intervene to suppress hate speech on the Internet, while 40% disagree. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided.
Hate speech is defined by the Cambridge Dictiontary as “public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence toward a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.”
Views divide largely along party lines, with 58% of Democrats saying the federal government should take action to suppress online hate speech. Only 31% of Republicans and those not affiliated with either major party said the government should take action.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of Republicans say they don’t believe the government should suppress hate speech on the Internet, an opinion shared by only 25% of Democrats and 48% of unaffiliated voters.
To see survey question wording, click here.
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