Democrat Voters Are the Least Concerned About Gov’t Censorship of Online Political Dissent

Craig Bannister | March 28, 2024
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Democrat voters are the least worried that the government will use the guise of fighting misinformation and hate speech to censor political dissent on the Internet and social media, a new national survey reveals.

Nearly half (47%) of all U.S. likely voters are “very concerned” that “to protect against misinformation and hate speech, the government might censor political dissent on the Internet and social media,” according to a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted March 21 and 24-25.

Likewise, 51% of both Republican and “Other” voters say they’re very concerned the government will censor online political dissent.

In contrast, only 39% of Democrat voters are very concerned.

Among voters who “strongly approve” of Democrat Joe Biden’s job performance as president, just 31% are “very concerned” the government might censor political dissent on the Internet and social media. Meanwhile, of those who “strongly disapprove” of Biden’s performance, 64% are “very concerned” about government censorship of online dissent.

Among all U.S. likely voters, about three-fourths (76%) are at least “somewhat” concerned the government will use misinformation and hate speech to justify censorship of political dissent. Here, too, fewer Democrats (71%) than Republicans (77%) or “Other” voters (79%) are at least somewhat concerned.

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