20% of College Students Support Using Violence to Shut Down Speakers

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 21, 2017

Male and Democrat poll participants tended to agree that this response was acceptable; Republican and female students tended to disagree.

Fifty-three percent of students surveyed indicate they favor creating "a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression" more than an "open" environment inclusive of all speech, according to a Brookings Institution poll.

"A student group opposed to the speaker uses violence to prevent the speaker from speaking". Among Democrats, meanwhile, 20 percent said they agreed, while 80 percent disagreed.

The survey also found that students' understanding of constitutional protections for free speech was limited. "A student group opposed to the speaker disrupts the speech by loudly and repeatedly shouting so that the audience can not hear the speaker", participants were asked "Do you agree or disagree that the student group's actions are acceptable?"

On hate speech, 39 percent of responders felt it was protected by the First Amendment, while 44 percent said it was not. "If, for example, a large fraction of college students believe, incorrectly, that offensive speech is unprotected by the First Amendment, that view will inform the decisions they make as they move into positions of increasing authority later in their careers".

A majority of students - regardless of party affiliation, gender, or studentship at a private or public college - believed organizations hosting an offensive speaker are legally required to simultaneously host a speaker with an opposing viewpoint. No such requirement exists under the amendment.

University of California at Los Angeles professor and Brookings senior fellow John Villasenor released preliminary findings this week on the free exchange of ideas at universities.

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