POLL: Most Voters Are Worried About Online Censorship

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 86% of likely American voters are worried that the Internet and social media are being used to disseminate misinformation, which includes 56% who are very concerned. 

Only 12% of voters are not worried about online misinformation. 

78% are worried that the Internet and social media are being used to spread hate speech, which includes 50% who are very concerned. That said, 76% of voters are also worried that, to shield themselves against misinformation and hate speech, the government might clamp down on political dissent on the Internet and social media, which includes 47% who are very concerned about these censorship schemes.

58% of Democrat voters, 54% of Republican voters, and 56% of independent voters are very concerned that the Internet and social media are being used to disseminate misinformation.

57%  of Democrat voters are very concerned that the Internet and social media are being used to spread hate speech. 45% of Republican voters and 47% of independent voters share a similar degree of concern. 51% of both Republican voters and independent voters are very concerned that the government will censor political dissent under the pretext of fighting misinformation and hate speech, just 39% of Democrat voters share that level of concern.

79% of white voters and 80% of black voters are at least somewhat concerned about hate speech.

When it comes to salary earners, those making over $200,000 annually are most worried about the Internet and social media being used to disseminate hate speech, with individuals making yearly incomes between $30,000 and $50,000 are most worried about the censorship of political dissidents. 

Misinformation and hate speech are merely pretexts to justify massive encroachments against free speech. Any self-respecting right-wing would reject these concepts and make it a point to stand for free speech rights. 

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