Largest ever free speech survey of college students ranks top campuses for expression

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Fully 60% of students reported feeling that they could not express an opinion because of how students, a professor, or their administration would respond. This number is highest among “strong Republicans” (73%) and lowest among “strong Democrats” (52%). […] Just 15% of students reported feeling very comfortable publicly disagreeing with a professor about a controversial topic. […]

Students identifying as Republican or Independent were more tolerant of speakers than Democratic students: 71% of strong Republicans support Biden coming to campus, compared to 49% of strong Democrats reporting the same for Trump.

  • Female students reported less tolerance for speakers than male students.
  • LGBT students reported less tolerance for speakers than straight students.
  • Black students reported less tolerance than Hispanic, Asian, or white students.
  • More than 60% of extreme liberals said it’s “always” or “sometimes” acceptable to shout down a speaker; compared to 15% for extreme conservatives.
  • Almost 1 in 5 Ivy League students find it “always” or “sometimes” acceptable to block other students from entering a campus event, compared to roughly 1 in 10 of non-Ivy students.