A poll conducted by The Brookings Institute would seem to confirm many conservatives’ worst fears about colleges and universities serving students a steady diet of leftist propaganda.
The poll had a sample size of 1,500 college students from across the country from both public and private institutions and the results are exactly as bad as many would fear.
Shockingly, an average of 19 percent of college students believe violence is an acceptable form of protest. The specific example given regarded “controversial” speakers coming to their campus. Respondents were asked whether violence would be justified if it prevented a controversial speaker from attending.
About half of college students, 44 percent, say that hate speech is not protected under the First Amendment. Interestingly, 44 percent of college students with an Independent party affiliation and 41 percent of Democrats in the survey say it is not protected. To make matters worse, only 44 percent of Republicans surveyed say hate speech is protected.
Over half of the students, 53 percent, also said they would prefer a college campus that creates “a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of viewpoints that are offensive or biased against certain groups of people.”
In other words, they would prefer to limit free speech in order to protect their fellow students’ feelings.
A silver lining can be found in the poll’s survey size. Women greatly outnumber men on college campuses, and similarly, Democrats outnumber Republicans as well.
“The survey results presented here have been weighted with respect to gender to adjust for the reported 57 percent/43 percent gender split among college students; by contrast, 70 percent (1,040 of the 1,500) of the survey respondents identified as female. The percentages in the tables in this article, with the exception of the percentages in the gender-specific (rightmost two) columns of the tables, have been subject to weighting in relation to gender.
Of the 1,500 respondents, 697 identified a Democrats, 261 as Republicans, and 431 as Independents. Another 111 respondents stated “Don’t Know” when asked to state their political affiliation.”
To some, this would indicate that the survey highly over samples Democrats and women, and may not actually reflect the beliefs of all college-aged adults.