‘First Amendment Center’ Finds Evidence Younger Citizens are ‘Unlearning Liberty’

For the 17th year in a row, the First Amendment Center has published a national survey of American attitudes about the First Amendment. Here is one of the key findings of the just-released survey:

Higher percentages of young Americans tend to agree with the statement that the First Amendment goes too far in the rights that it guarantees. Forty-seven percent of 18-30-year-olds agree, while 44% of 31-45-year-olds, 24% of 46-60-year-olds and 23% of people over 60 agree that the First Amendment goes too far.

As FIRE President Greg Lukianoff writes in his book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, “campus censorship … teaches students the wrong lessons about living in a free society,” and these survey results give stark evidence that this observation is true. Such a misunderstanding of the crucial role that free speech plays in a pluralistic society is troubling news for our republic.

View the full survey results here.

Why am I not surprised?

Cathy Young says:

Thanks for highlighting this. Very dangerous indeed.

BREAKING: 47 percent of 18- to 30-year-olds are stupid sheep.

Araz Shibley says:

Dislike the trend; like the spotlight you've trained upon it.

Kevin Wos says:

Unsurprising that the age group that votes for President Obama en masse thinks we have too much free speech. They hate the idea of liberty and they want more government control.

Robert Apgood says:

A sad day in a weary world.

How very very sad

Bradford Winslow says:

Why would this be surprising? The left despises the Constitution and the left runs our schools. Our President and his Attorney General have been attacking the Constitution for the last five years. It's only going to get worse.

Thomas Lipscomb says:

Well, you can thank the poisoned Ivy League… it started THERE 30 years ago….

John McGohey says:

I really wish that somebody would tell me how I feel about this.

Gregg Otten says:

So dangerous…

Greg Lukianoff says:

Confirming one of my biggest concerns in UL, 47% of 18-30 year olds think we have too much free speech.