85 Percent Of Americans Say Freedom of Speech More Important Than Not Offending Others

by Tom Ciccotta
August 25, 2017

An overwhelming 85 percent of Americans say freedom of speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say,” according to a poll published by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday.

A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday revealed that over 85 percent of American adults believe that the right to free speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say.” A mere eight percent said they believe that guarding against personal offense is more important than protecting free speech.

73 percent also agreed with the famous line often attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Another 10 percent disagreed with that statement, and 17 percent said they are undecided.

The poll reveals that there is bipartisan agreement with regards to freedom of speech. Despite overwhelming support for speech rights, Democrats are slightly less supportive as a group of protecting speech for those they disagree with than are Republicans.

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Rodney Steward says:

    I still say if Soros is taken care of most problems are solved!

  • mudguy1 says:

    Freedom of speech stops when you are on your bosses time and on his or her property. These athletes do not have freedom speech at these games while they are bing paid by the owners of the team. They are free to protest another time but not on company time. Jerry Jones is right. “You respect the flag or you don’t play”

  • Humble Servant says:

    Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to be mean. There is a definite line between a constructive free speech protest and a riot. When you need people to here the message, you can protest to get media attention so all can hear you but when you need to destroy property and peoples lives to get a message across, not related to the damage created by your actions, you are thugs. This is the definition of protest.

    1.
    a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

    This does not say imply to smash cars and burn buildings and beat the snot out of your fellow American. This evil lawlessness will destroy this country from within should we not stop it. Treat this type of behavior with the same force as terrorism and we may have a chance to get our country back under control.

    1. chw2000 says:

      I agree that people don’t have the right to cause riots or smash cars or burn buildings. However, your definition does say “action expressing disapproval of or objection to something”. I really think your definition implies and clearly states “action”. I totally agree with you that the 1st Amendment does not allow destructive “action”, but simply saying “action” pretty much leaves the door wide open.

    2. goldie says:

      This is not a perfect world and people sometimes get heated. This is a good saying for libs to learn by heart: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

      1. jojowa says:

        Another is ‘if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything’. Bit I will still speak my mind.

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