40% of young Americans support government censorship of free speech

Freedom of speech is a fundamental tenet of the United States of America, understood by our Founding Fathers as an “unalienable right” given to all human beings (“endowed”) by God (“their Creator”). As stated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

An alarming percentage of U.S. Millennials, however, as many as 4 out of 10, support government censorship, i.e., abridging the Constitutional right of freedom of speech of anyone who makes public statements “offensive” to “minorities”.
Millennials are those born between 1981 and 1997 who are 18 to 34 years old in 2015.
Jacob Poushter reports for PewResearchCenter, Nov. 20, 2015, that American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.
The poll comes at a time when America’s colleges and universities increasingly restrict free speech, in the name of racial and ethnic equality, “safe zones” and protecting delicate students from “micro-aggression”.
The survey asked people whether they believe that their fellow citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things.
While Americans as a whole are less likely to favor government censorship of free speech than other countries, U.S. Millennials stood out as the group that most favors censorship. Here are the survey results for Americans:

  • Overall, 28% of Americans are pro-censorship; 67% support free speech.
  • 40% of Millennials are pro-censorship vs. 58% pro-free speech.
  • The elderly (ages 70-87) are most pro-free speech: 80% are for vs. 12% who favor censorship.
  • Women are more pro-censorship (33%) than men (23%).
  • Democrats are more pro-censorship (35%) than Independents (27%) or Republicans (18%).
  • Non-whites are more pro-censorship (38%) than white non-Hispanics (23%).
  • The less educated — those with only a high school education or less — are more pro-censorship (31%) than those with some college (29%) and those with a college degree or more (22%).

2015 Pew Survey on free speech - USA
Here’s how Americans compare with Europeans. No wonder Europe, especially Germany, seems helpless before the tide of Muslim “refugee” invaders.
2015 Pew Survey on free speech - Europe
It appears young Americans are just waiting for a demagogue to mold and mobilize them into a new Hitlerjeugend (Hitler Youth), Communist Youth League, or Maoist Red Guards.
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~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG
4 years ago

Public indoctrination, I mean education, sure has succeeded! /sarc

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Left/liberal progressives’ whole idea…comment image

stevor
4 years ago

Oh, no!
Don’t put me in any situation where people talk of things that are contrary to what makes me feel “safe” under the government! I don’t want to hear things whereby I might have to use my brain to discern what is truth and what is a lie! (and I can live with the lies if it enables me to not get anxiety)

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  stevor

Well, liberals whole idea of “freedom” is from personal responsibility…

dawes777
4 years ago

This proves that American school children have become so brainwashed and dumbed-down over the past decades. Many are actually stupid, in the literal sense that their educational level is so pathetic.

Daniel Shays
Daniel Shays
4 years ago

Welcome to Nazi Germany ca. 1935.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  Daniel Shays

No wonder liberals were always strangely envious of Triumph of the Will…comment image

stlonginus
4 years ago

Does anyone really wonder how we got from Elmo’s World and Reading Rainbow to this Pew Research poll? The indoctrination of the so-called ‘millenials’ has been all-pervasive and consuming. It’s a wonder the figure isn’t higher than 40%.

Triuwida
Triuwida
4 years ago

Good article, until the last part. There’s a huge difference between the Hitler Youth and 0bama’s paramilitary youth corps. Deutschland in the 1930s was a nation under threat of attack by numerous hostile armies, living in a land with little in the way of natural protective borders, and was doing what it needed to do to survive. 0bama’s children, on the other hand, grew up having everything handed to them and only want to take even more from the nation that gave them everything. So once again the comparisons of 0bama to Hitler are just ridiculous. It really is interesting… Read more »

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
4 years ago
Reply to  Triuwida

It’s hard to imagine you’ve survived this long,being as clueless as you are.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
4 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thank you for the great post. I must say that I was flabbergasted by Triuwida’s comment! To the point that I first assumed that I was misunderstanding what had been written. The other thing that leaves me bewildered is . . . how can today’s young people possibly not equate freedom of speech, with being free, in a free land. I have little doubt that the founding fathers, and those whose blood was shed in the fight to bring about freedom for this land and establish America with her various states. All I can say is God protect us from… Read more »

Triuwida
Triuwida
4 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Very well Dr. Eowyn. It is your web site.
But you and your readers are far behind the curve on understanding what is going on in your country and world. And if you truly wish to be the blind leading the blind there is no point in my posting here any further.
Good luck to you all.

frohky
frohky
4 years ago
Reply to  Triuwida

Triuwida: Speak for yourself! In point of fact, your post has little to do with understanding or reality. In the German elections of 1932, the Nazi party received 37 percent of the vote. They became part of a democratically elected coalition government, in which Hitler became chancellor. Only step by step did the Nazis dismantle democratic freedoms and turn the country into a complete dictatorship. The political majority could have united to stop Hitler from becoming a dictator. But they did not. Germany’s rise had nothing to do with its being surrounded on all sides by hostile powers, as you… Read more »

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
4 years ago
Reply to  Triuwida

As the saying goes,”Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass on your way out.”

frohky
frohky
4 years ago
Reply to  Triuwida

“…so once again the comparisons of 0bama to Hitler are just ridiculous.” -Triuwida
You are in error, sir. One was a power-grabbing socialist who attacked religion while claiming to be religious. The other had a funny mustache.

James Tracy
4 years ago

Reblogged this on Scoop Feed.

TrailDust
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TrailDust
4 years ago

Wow! Without freedom of speech, we are no longer America!

frohky
frohky
4 years ago
Reply to  TrailDust

Reasonable folks agree, even among the left:
‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, then we don’t believe in it at all.’ -uberleftist Noam Chomsky, in a 1992 interview

marblenecltr
4 years ago

(Sarc.) Heil, Obama!
Re freedom of speech, if military service were compulsory for all,, and if no group were exempt from combat, there would be opposition to silencing of criticism of a war that greatly benefits a very few at a tremendous cost in blood and treasure and way of life of everyone else.

marblenecltr
4 years ago

Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
Is our Congress like that of imperial Rome?

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
4 years ago
Reply to  marblenecltr

Probably,-Congress is in the early stages of being like in Rome…