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Questions - Facebook and Free Speech - June 3-4, 2013

31% Favor Ban on Hate Speech
12% of Facebook Users Say Hate Speech A Very Serious Problem on the Site
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National Survey 1,000 Adults

Conducted June 3-4, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about Facebook?

2*
How serious a problem is hate speech in America today – very serious, somewhat serious, not very serious or not at all serious?

3* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Facebook?

4* How often do you use Facebook – rarely or never, once a week or less, several times a week, every day or nearly every day?

5* How serious a problem is hate speech on Facebook – very serious, somewhat serious, not very serious or not at all serious?

6* Should criminals be prosecuted more severely if it can be proved that their crime was motivated by the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation?

7*
Many European countries and Canada do not have full freedom of speech but instead have laws to prevent hate speech. Would it be a good idea for the United States to ban hate speech?

8* Which is better—allowing free speech without government interference or letting government decide what types of hate speech should be banned?

9* Which is more important—giving people the right to free speech or making sure no one is offended by what others say?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence