American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe…the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.
Murdoc wonders what the Gen X category would have looked like 17 years ago when they were the same age as the current Millennial generation. Murdoc’s guess is that Gen X would have been much more in favor of government limits on free speech than they are today and they’ve grown up a little since then. But he suspects that they were never close to 40% in favor of government restrictions on free speech, and he also suspects that the Millennial generation isn’t going to grow up nearly as much as Generation X did.
For what it’s worth, Murdoc is appalled that a quarter of the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations are in favor of government restrictions on free speech. I mean, everyone knows that one idiot, but a quarter of two whole generations? Murdoc would have guessed 5 to 10%, tops. So sad.
See the full survey on freedom of expression here.