Posted on May 8, 2017

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.


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.