Gallup: More U.S. College Students Say Campus Climate Deters Speech

It’s the progressives that don’t like free speech. I’ve stopped calling them liberals. There’s nothing liberal about their position against the free exchange of ideas. 

Can you see where they having us progress to? 

  • 61%, up from 54%, say campus climate prevents people from speaking freely
  • Students still prefer a campus environment that allows all speech
  • Students perceive conservatives as less able to express their views

Via Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty-one percent of U.S. college students agree that the climate on their campus prevents some people from expressing their views because others might find them offensive. In 2016, 54% of college students held this view.



College Students Increasingly Perceive Their Campus Climate Prevents People From Saying Things They Believe
Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: The climate on my campus prevents some people from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive.
  2016 2017 Change
  % % pct. pts.
Strongly/Somewhat agree 54 61 +7
Strongly/Somewhat disagree 46 38 -8



These results are based on a 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey of 3,014 randomly sampled U.S. college students about First Amendment issues. The survey is an update of a nationally representative 2016 Knight Foundation/Newseum Institute/Gallup survey on the same topic.