Supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Are More Likely Than General Population to Support Banning Free Speech

U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (L) and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., walk to the Senate floor after the weekly Democratic caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 12, 2015. | (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Supporters of Democratic presidential primary candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren are more likely than the general population to support banning offensive speech.

The polling organization Rasmussen Reports and the conservative think tank the Heartland Institute released the findings of a survey on free speech on Wednesday.

When asking if federal or state governments should “ban speech by individuals that a majority of Americans believes to be offensive, including speech considered to be racist or sexist,” 27 percent said yes, 50 percent said no, and 24 percent said they were unsure.

By contrast, 51 percent of respondents who said they have a “very favorable” view of Sen. Sanders and 36 percent who said they have a “somewhat favorable” view of Sanders said yes to having governments ban offensive speech.

Among respondents who said they hold a “very favorable” view of Sen. Warren, 49 percent said that the federal or state governments should “ban speech by individuals that a majority of Americans believes to be offensive,” while 37 percent of those with a “somewhat favorable” view of Warren supported such a ban.

The report also found that 22 percent of Republican respondents and 24 percent of self-identified conservative respondents supported federal or state governments banning speech that most Americans find offensive.

For their data, Heartland and Rasmussen drew from a national survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Nov. 13-14, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski