Lots of Americans, Not Just College Students, Favor Banning ‘Offensive’ Speakers From Campuses

Catherine Rampell, Washington Post, May 3, 2017

Should Universities Ban Offensive Speakers Poll

Source: Morning Consult-Politico, National Tracking Poll, April 27-30, 2017.

A new poll from Morning Consult-Politico includes a question about whether “universities should allow guest speakers to appear on campus, even if the guest’s words are considered to be hateful or offensive by some.” The results are a little surprising, mostly because they reveal that a large minority of registered voters — 30 percent — supports banning some speakers from campus.

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Perhaps most surprisingly from the Morning Consult-Politico poll (not shown in table above): A quarter of Trump voters say colleges should prohibit speakers whose words are considered hateful or offensive by some.

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