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Poll Finds 58 Percent of Students Think ‘Intolerant’ Ideas Should be Kept Off Campus

Poll Finds 58 Percent of Students Think ‘Intolerant’ Ideas Should be Kept Off Campus

“it’s important to be on a campus where there aren’t intolerant or offensive beliefs”

Intolerant is liberal speak for anything that doesn’t line up with what liberals believe.

The Daily Caller reports:

POLL: 58 Percent Of College Kids Think ‘Intolerant’ Ideas Shouldn’t Be On Campus

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.

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Wonder if any of that 58% can explains what an “intolerant idea” happens to be?

Alternative headline: 58% of college students actually don’t belong there since they’re not emotionally and intellectually ready.

This is chilling. We can rail against the stupidity, but this attitude is spreading – rapidly. We laugh at the Academy, but these views are becoming well-entrenched in corporate America. The understanding and appreciation of the principle of free speech is rapidly dying.

Looks like another junk poll to me.

The report’s statement, “More than half of students (58%) agree that it is important to be part of a campus community where they are not exposed to intolerant or offensive ideas”, is not obviously supported by any of the responses shown to the questions. The only “58%” I see there is in Figure 1, Student’s reactions to their classmates’ statements, which shows approximately 58% “Strongly Disagree” with the statement, I try to understand the other student’s point of view.

That says that they’re not interested in listening, not that they don’t want anyone else to hear it.

Which is, in fact, a perfectly good understanding of Free Speech. Anybody can speak, but nobody is forced to listen.

I can only assume their own intolerance of ideas they find offensive is not included in the proposed ban.

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