POLL: 58 percent of college kids think ‘intolerant’ ideas shouldn’t be on campus

By Amber Randall

The majority of conservative and liberal college students believe that they shouldn’t be in a campus environment where there are “intolerant or offensive ideas,” according to a Wednesday report.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released a report on college students’ attitudes towards free speech, self-censorship and guest speakers after contracting YouGov to survey 1,250 college students from two- and four-year universities.

The survey found that while 92 percent of students believe it’s important to hear different beliefs on campus, 58 percent of college students think that it’s important to be on a campus where there aren’t intolerant or offensive beliefs.

The poll asked students to answer how they would react if a peer said something they disagreed with, found offensive, found hurtful and found racist.

“Reactions to speech change, though, when students tell us how they respond to speech they find offensive. Fewer students might try to understand the point of view of their peers when they hear an offensive statement (35%) than when they hear a statement with which they strongly disagree (59%)—a 17 percentage point difference. As figure 1 shows, The proportion of students who might try to understand the point of view of a classmate decreases even further when the classmate says something that the student finds hurtful (28%), or racist (21%),” the report noted.

An overwhelming majority of Black and Latino students believe that they shouldn’t have to encounter offensive beliefs either.

“A majority of Black (76%) and Latino students (69%) agree that it is important to be part of a campus community where they are not exposed to intolerant or offensive ideas, as opposed to one-half of White students (51% agree). Sixty-three percent of very liberal students and 45% of very conservative students agree that it is important to be part of a campus community where they are not exposed to intolerant or offensive ideas—an 18 percentage point difference,” the report added.

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4 thoughts on “POLL: 58 percent of college kids think ‘intolerant’ ideas shouldn’t be on campus

  1. More people should make it a point to offend college kids, now that we know they’re so sensitive. Apparently nobody taught them the Constitution doesn’t include the right to ‘not be offended’.

  2. Apparently these little geniuses have a lot to learn about the real world , not the real world as they
    or there liberal professors ( propaganda ) think it should be…… but the real world ( Mean & Nasty ) yup wake up !!

    I don’t think four years will be enough to get these snowflakes in line with the real world , as it is
    going to be a real awaking when there Mommy & Daddy , liberal professors won’t be around to
    buffer them ( shameful) . Lets hide the History of our country, so not to offend and tell them about
    the utopia , what a sad state of affairs !!

    so sad !!

  3. A testament to jut how poorly educated our kids are, coming out of public schools. They know so little about their country, so little about the Constitution, that they willingly throw it out the window. Fools.

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