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Majority Of Americans Say Political Correctness ‘Silences Important Discussions'

Meghalee Das
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Majority Of Americans Say Political Correctness ‘Silences Important Discussions'

Political correctness, or the pressure to be “PC”, seems to have made most Americans too uncomfortable to share their views, especially political ones, suggests a new survey.

According to a survey by the Cato Institute, 71 per cent of Americans “believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have”, and 58 per cent are too hesitant to share their political views.

Majority Of Americans Say Political Correctness ‘Silences Important Discussions'

It also says that Democrats are more open with their political views than Republicans. While 53 per cent of Americans said they do not feel the need to self-censor, a majority of Republicans and Independents (73 per cent and 58 per cent respectively) said “they keep some of their political beliefs to themselves”. Liberals are more likely to say that certain types of speech are offensive. For eg, they will speak out when they hear someone being homophobic or Islamophobic.

Majority Of Americans Say Political Correctness ‘Silences Important Discussions'

The findings were published in the Cato Institute’s 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, and interviewed 2,300 adults across the country.

Majority Of Americans Say Political Correctness ‘Silences Important Discussions'

The political situation has a big impact on social relations and communication too. The survey found 61 per cent of Hillary Clinton voters found it “hard” to be friends with Trump voters. However, 64 per cent of Trump supporters said that it wasn't hard to be friends with people who voted for Clinton.  

Most Americans seemed to agree that higher educational institutes must be platforms of debate. Sixty-five per cent of Americans said it was important for colleges to expose students to different viewpoints, even if those viewpoints are controversial.

Majority Of Americans Say Political Correctness ‘Silences Important Discussions'

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