According to a new poll commissioned by the libertarian Cato Institute, nearly two-thirds of Americans fear sharing their political views.
I know I am in the minority for many things, however, I did not realize this was one of them! While I am surprised that the number of people afraid to share their views is so high, I can't say I blame them.
When people are being fired for simply saying that "Donald Trump is our president," it makes you think twice. If it coms down to sharing your views or paying your bills, you're likely to choose the latter.
According to the poll, 62% of Americans — and 77% of Republicans — are afraid to share their views. Even a majority of Democrats (52%) report that they are afraid to share their views.
The only group that feels they are free to share their views are “staunch liberals,” 58% of whom say they can do so.
Cato’s Emily Ekins said, "A new Cato national survey finds that self‐censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement."
She continued, "Strong liberals stand out, however, as the only political group who feel they can express themselves. Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of staunch liberals feel they can say what they believe. However, centrist liberals feel differently. A slim majority (52%) of liberals feel they have to self‐censor, as do 64% of moderates, and 77% of conservatives. This demonstrates that political expression is an issue that divides the Democratic coalition between centrist Democrats and their left flank."
"What’s changed?" Ekins asked, "In 2017 most centrist liberals felt confident (54%) they could express their views. However today, slightly less than half (48%) feel the same. The share who feel they cannot be open increased 7 points from 45% in 2017 to 52% today. In fact, there have been shifts across the board, where more people among all political groups feel they are walking on eggshells."
"Nearly a third (32%) of employed Americans say they personally are worried about missing out on career opportunities or losing their job if their political opinions became known,"she concluded, "The poll was conducted July 1-6 among 2,000 American adults, with a 2.36% margin of error at a 95% confidence level."
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