A newly-released Gallup survey indicates that a solid majority of students at America’s colleges and universities supports free speech on campus. However, a strong contingent of students wants to limit “hate speech” and speech that intentionally offend people based on some aspect of their identities.
A full and extensive report about the poll, which Gallup conducted for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shows that 78 percent of U.S. college students believe their campuses should be serious, grownup places where students experience all manner of speech and myriad different viewpoints.
At the same time, 22 percent of America’s college students — or almost 1 in every 4 — expressed a belief that college should be a gentle hothouse where students are carefully protected from biased speech, “hate speech” and offensive views that might offend their delicate sensibilities.
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