Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share
8 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2020
Date Written: July 22, 2020
A new Cato national survey finds that self‐censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds — 62% — of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement. These fears cross partisan lines. Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%) and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to share.
Keywords: survey, political opinions, political belief, free speech, employment, partisanship, far left, center left, center conservative, far conservative
JEL Classification: Y1, Y10, B4, B40, B41
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