Hope: College Kids Give Unexpected Response to Poll on Political Correctness

Combined Shape

Most college kids think politically correct culture snuffs out free speech, a Monday poll showed.

A Gallup-Knight Foundation poll demonstrated that 61 percent of students think campus climate impedes free speech, a figure up from 54 percent in 2016.

Fifty-six and 52 percent of students surveyed indicated that free speech and an inclusive society constituted important values.

But when asked which one was more important, students selected inclusion over free speech by a 53 percent to 46 percent margin.

Students surveyed pointed to a disparity between the ability of conservatives and liberals to express their political beliefs on college campuses.

CDC Quietly Changes Major Part of 'How COVID-19 Spreads' Page, Adds Advice That Millions Didn't Get When Trump Was in Office

Ninety-two percent of the students believed liberals could freely express their views.

However, only 69 percent of students believed the same applied to conservatives.

Students rated Muslims as the second group most hindered from expressing their views, with 80 percent of students believing they could freely share their opinions.

Sixty-nine percent of students supported colleges canceling planned speeches over worries of violent protests.

Gallup and the journalism nonprofit Knight Foundation conducted the survey of 3,014 U.S. college students.

They interviewed a random sample of undergraduate students from Nov. 1 to Dec. 10.

The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus two percentage points.

“The study shows a rapid evolution in student views of the First Amendment in key areas, underscoring a growing pessimism amongst students about the security of First Amendment rights,” Sam Gill, the Knight Foundation’s communities and impact vice president, said.

“The emerging generation has a new and different view of the role free expression plays in our democracy.

Conservatives Fighting Back in the Culture War: The Daily Wire Announces New Film 'Run Hide Fight'

“What they’re saying is, ‘free expression is important, but so is diversity.’”

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , , ,
Combined Shape
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit.