Many believe government should ‘be able to censor users/content on social media platforms’
Daily Caller News Foundation
Just over one-third of Democratic voters think Americans are too free, according to a poll released on Friday by RealClearPolitics (RCP).
The survey found that 34% of Democratic voters believe that Americans possess “too much freedom” compared to just 14.6% of Republican voters. Although an overwhelming portion of U.S. voters believe that freedom of speech protections are beneficial, 52% of Democratic voters believe it is important “that the government be able to censor users/content on social media platforms it feels threaten national security.”
Over half of Democratic voters also believe that government censorship ability takes precedence over “social media users be[ing] able to post content they feel are in the national interest,” according to the poll. In contrast, one-third of Republicans hold this belief.
Additionally, approximately 75% of Democratic voters believe the government should censor “hateful” social media content, according to the poll.
“Overall, 9 in 10 voters in the U.S. think First Amendment protections for freedom of speech is a good thing, while only 9% think it is a bad thing,” RCP pollster Spencer Kimball stated. “This is agreed upon across the demographics, like party affiliation, age, and race.”
Furthermore, 46% of Republican voters believe Americans have “too little freedom,” according to the poll. Over half of Republican voters “strongly agreed” with the sentiment that “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” compared to just 31% of Democratic voters, according to the poll.
During the 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden’s then-campaign staff and the Democratic National Committee flagged posts for Twitter to censor, according to the “Twitter Files,” which were internal company documents revealing censorship.
Among those surveyed, 42% of voters under 30 endorse government social media censorship to safeguard the country’s security, according to the poll.
This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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