Student Attitudes Free Speech Survey

A 2017 survey conducted by FIRE and YouGov analyzed 1,250 college students’ attitudes toward free expression on college campuses. The survey includes questions about self-expression and censorship, students’ reactions to the speech of their peers, guest speakers, disinvitations, and how students identify and perceive of hate speech. The results of the survey show that a majority of students on college campuses self-censor in class, support disinviting guest speakers they disagree with, and don’t know that hate speech is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, results show that there is a partisan divide in attitudes toward free expression on campus.


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