Yet Another Poll Finds Millennials Incoherent About Basic American Rights

The press release for a new poll makes the welcome claim that ‘Vast, Silent Majority of Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Religious and Social Freedoms.’ Alas, the results are more complicated.

The press release for a new poll makes the welcome claim that “Vast, Silent Majority of Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Religious and Social Freedoms.” But looking at the poll’s questions and responses  indicates instead that millennials are largely inchoate about basic American rights.

That’s troubling, but also to be expected. Other prominent polls have found millennials shockingly willing to curb fundamental rights of fellow citizens, such as Pew’s finding that 40 percent think minorities’ levels of offendedness should serve as a criteria the government uses to shut down speech.

In the new poll, from The Fund for American Studies (which is connected to an organization that awarded me a journalism fellowship a few years ago), 93 percent of millennials say government shouldn’t bother people who peacefully practice their religion. Ninety-two percent say college students shouldn’t have to fear reprisals for speaking their mind on campus. The organization interprets this as overwhelming millennial support for free speech and freedom of conscience, but its own poll results indicate millennials seem to be randomly stabbing in the dark at hard questions about human and natural rights….

Source: Yet Another Poll Finds Millennials Incoherent About Basic American Rights

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