October 2020 – According to a recent survey conducted by the Cato Institute, a large majority of American conservatives admit the current political climate prevents them from speaking openly about what they believe. The same survey shows that liberals, however, are far less likely to self-censor their views.
The survey, released July 22, involved interviews with 2,000 Americans of all ideologies who were asked if they felt the “political climate these days prevents me from saying things I believe because others might find them offensive.”
A total of 77% of respondents who described themselves as conservative or “very” conservative agreed with the statement, while 64% of moderates, 52% of liberals, and only 42% of those who describe themselves as “very” liberal agreed with the statement.
The results speak for themselves according to Emily Ekins, a Cato Institute research fellow and director of polling. Ekins stated, “Strong liberals stand out … as the only political group who feel they can express themselves.”