40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities
American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe…the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.
Murdoc wonders what the Gen X category would have looked like 17 years ago when they were the same age as the current Millennial generation. Murdoc’s guess is that Gen X would have been much more in favor of government limits on free speech than they are today and they’ve grown up a little since then. But he suspects that they were never close to 40% in favor of government restrictions on free speech, and he also suspects that the Millennial generation isn’t going to grow up nearly as much as Generation X did.
For what it’s worth, Murdoc is appalled that a quarter of the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations are in favor of government restrictions on free speech. I mean, everyone knows that one idiot, but a quarter of two whole generations? Murdoc would have guessed 5 to 10%, tops. So sad.
See the full survey on freedom of expression here.