‘Hate Speech’ or Free Speech? Voters Divided
Most voters are concerned about “hate speech” on the Internet, but are divided about whether it can be suppressed without violating First Amendment free speech protections.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of Likely U.S. voters believe hate speech on the Internet is a serious problem, including 45% who think the problem is Very Serious. Twenty-four percent (24%) don’t consider hate speech on the Internet a serious problem. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on May 29-30, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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