Do Americans support free speech on college campuses? Absolutely. Except sometimes.

Over the past several years, many campus speeches have been objected to, shouted down, or even disrupted by violence. Often the speeches were by deliberate provocateurs, but some were by policymakers or accomplished scholars. As a result, countless op-eds, events, and even congressional hearings have debated whether college campuses welcome […] Read more »

Rising concerns about American democracy

Our October 2017 survey results demonstrate rising concerns about American democracy over the past month. From September to October, ratings worsened on every dimension except civil violence. Further, democracy experts still see American political behavior in 2017 as firmly outside the norm for consolidated democracies. On average, experts rate a […] Read more »

The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America

Nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has done more to silence important discussions our society needs to have. A little more than a quarter (28%) instead believe that political correctness has done more to help people avoid offending others. CONT. Emily Ekins, Cato Institute Read more »

‘Is truth overrated?’ What the experts say

Is speaking some evil really so bad? VMKphotos/shutterstock Daniel Klyn, University of Michigan; Christopher Beem, Pennsylvania State University; Maryanne Reed, West Virginia University, and Troy Campbell, University of Oregon Editor’s note: As part of our collaboration with “Third Rail with OZY,” we asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to […] Read more »

American political behavior in 2017 outside norm for consolidated democracies

Our August 2017 survey results demonstrate sharply increasing concern over the past month, amplified by the events in Charlottesville. From July to August, ratings worsened on every dimension, with especially large shifts on civil violence and civil liberties. Democracy experts see American political behavior in 2017 as firmly outside the […] Read more »

Trump’s Charlottesville response not in line with majority of Americans, poll shows

As politicians and influential business leaders weigh in on President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, how is the American public responding? Political correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll about the clashes and the president’s comments, how lawmakers of his own party are speaking out, […] Read more »

Majority Believes Trump’s Response To Charlottesville Hasn’t Been Strong Enough

A majority of Americans think President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., was “not strong enough,” according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll … The poll also found a strong consensus across the political spectrum that the car attack should be investigated as an act of domestic terrorism — […] Read more »