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An Alarming Poll

Pew Research asked Americans what they thought of government press censorship.  Their poll results have been published.

“the share of U.S. adults who say the federal government should restrict false information has risen from 39% in 2018 to 55% in 2023.”

The division is highly partisan.  According to the poll, only 39% of Republicans think that the  U.S. government should take steps to restrict “false information” online.  On the other hand, 70% of Democrats think that U.S. government should take steps to restrict “false information” online.

Pew did not identify outcomes from third-party supporters, even though the sample size (over 5000 people) was large enough to permit data on supporters of third parties to be meaningful.

There is an interesting correlation here with public trust in traditional media news sources, namely it remains high among Democrats but has fallen markedly among Republicans.  Readers may ask their friends who are third party supporters what they think of governmental news censorship and the traditional media.

One Comment

  1. Jim Jim July 27, 2023

    Partisan divisions in polls like that can flip on a dime based on what party leaders are doing at the time.

    Example from a Pew poll:

    View of NSA surveillance programs as acceptable

    January 2006
    Republicans 75% acceptable, 23% unacceptable
    Democrats 37% acceptable, 61% unacceptable

    June 2013
    Republicans 52% acceptable, 47% unacceptable
    Democrats 64% acceptable, 34% unacceptable

    Democrats support government restrictions on false information now because Trump lies to the point where many Republicans can no longer determine reality. If this were 20 years ago, when Democrats were going around saying Bush did 9/11 (an idea which, at its peak, 60% of Democrats believed, according to one poll that I saw back in the day. Probably around the time Loose Change came out.), NeoCon Republicans might have been more supportive of government restrictions on false information – especially if social media had been as pervasive then as it is now.

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