November 22, 2015

Millennials’ View On The First Amendment Is SHOCKING

 Four in ten Millennials – those under 35 – are just keen with tossing out the First Amendment.
Specifically, they think the government should be allowed to prohibit people from saying things that are “offensive” to minority groups.
 The new poll by Pew Research shows that successive generations since the “Silent” Generation – those over 70 – are increasingly hostile to the First Amendment.
Four in five Americans over 70 believe “people should be able to say” whatever they want publicly, even if it offends minorities.
Baby boomers – those between 51 and 60 – and “Generation X,” Americans between 35 and 50 – are a little more down on free speech, but 70 percent still oppose restrictions.
But when you get to Millennials – those between 18 and 35 – the number drops significantly. Only 58 percent of that group support free speech, with 40 percent in favor of government censorship of offensive speech.
Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.
More telling, nearly twice as many Democrats think the government should be able to censor speech against minorities (35 to 18 percent) and one in three women favor censorship versus one in four men.
Furthermore, Americans who have a high school degree or less are more likely than those with at least a college degree to say that speech offensive to minority groups should be able to be restricted (a 9-percentage-point difference).

This is particularly telling when you look at a recent YouGov poll that shows a majority of Democrats – 51 percent – support making “hate speech” a criminal offense, as HotAir points out.
Particularly disgusting: 37 percent of Republicans favor banning “hate speech.”
One would think they’d know better.

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