Poll: 58% say they have political views they are afraid to share

A fascinating new poll is out by the Cato Institute that gauges "Free Speech and Tolerance" in America. The libertarian organization polled 2300 Americans and found that fully 71% believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions about issues that need to be debated while 58% are afraid to share views seen as controversial. Democrats are unique, however, in that a slim majority (53%) do not feel the need to self-censor. Conversely, strong majorities of Republicans (73%) and independents (58%) say they keep some political beliefs to themselves. That so many Democrats feel the need to self censor shows just how far off the rails political correctness has taken us. It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others. On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans...(Read Full Post)
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