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Americans Say Colleges, Universities Discourage Freedom of Speech

Americans continue to agree with President Trump that free speech, especially the conservative kind, is at risk on college campuses today.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults believe there is less freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses than there has been in the past. This finding has been trending up from 39% in surveys since June 2016 when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question.

Just 16% say there is more freedom of speech in colleges these days, but 26% felt that way three years ago. Twenty-five percent (25%) say the level of freedom of speech is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 5-6, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 5-6, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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