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Hate Speech Unacceptable Say 79 Percent of Americans

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Seventy-nine percent of Americans find hate speech morally unacceptable. The Cato Institute’s 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey found that only 19 percent disagree.[1]

However, while few consider hate speech morally acceptable, most Americans (59 percent) do not want the government to ban it.

One of the reasons is that 82 percent of Americans recognize that people can’t agree on what speech is hateful and offensive. The Cato survey documented this difficulty by presenting respondents with specific statements. Among other things, the results showed that liberals and conservatives had significantly different views on whether certain statements were "hateful, offensive, or simply a political opinion."

Footnotes:

  1. Cato Institute, "The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America," October 31, 2017

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