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Questions - Hate Speech - April 17-18, 2012

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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted April 17-18, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports

1* Is hate growing in America?

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


3* 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?

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

5* What 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