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Questions - Hate Speech - April 24-25, 2011

Americans Still Oppose Ban on Hate Speech
51% Say Hate is Growing in America
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted April 24-25, 2011

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