57% Say Protecting Free Speech More Important Than Preventing Spread of Misinformation

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe that protecting free speech so that all voices and opinions can be heard is more important than limiting free speech to prevent the spread of misinformation. A Political IQ survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that 31% take the opposite view and believe preventing the spread of misinformation is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group but one sees protecting free speech as more important. The sole exception is government employees who are fairly evenly divided. Fifty percent (50%) of those on the public payroll say preventing the spread of misinformation is more important while 44% say protecting free speech is the higher priority.

by a 59% to 30% margin, private sector workers believe protecting free speech is more important. Among retirees, 59% see free speech as more important while 34% take the opposite view.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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