This publication was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation. The toplines and tabulations delivered to FIRE from YouGov (California) as well as an FAQ on the survey can be accessed at https://www.thefire.org/publications/student-attitudes-free-speech-survey. Table of Contents Executive Summary Methodology Detailed Results Self-Expression Reactions to Expression Guest Speakers Disinvitation of Guest Speakers Hate Speech Attitudes toward Hate Speech Definitions of Hate Speech Footnotes Executive Summary Self-Expression A majority of students surveyed (87%) […]
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