Survey Shows College Students Naive on Loss of Free Speech and First Amendment Rights

by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
Mish Talk

A recent survey of college students by the Knight Foundation shows …

  • 73% of students, 56% of adults say free speech is secure in U.S. today
  • Students more positive than adults about all five First Amendment freedoms
  • Students believe free speech rights stronger than in past; adults disagree

Gallup presents the Knight Survey findings in its report More College Students Than U.S. Adults Say Free Speech Is Secure.

Social media, student activism and school policies are testing the limits of First Amendment rights on campuses around the country. But a new study, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with the Newseum Institute and Gallup, finds U.S. college students feeling more confident than the public as a whole about the security of these rights in the country today. Most notably, three-quarters of college students (73%) believe free speech rights are secure, compared with 56% of U.S. adults overall.

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