64% Believe Free Speech Empowers Black Americans and Other Minorities

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe free speech empowers Black Americans and other minorities. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 12% believe it oppresses minorities while 24% are not sure.

The idea that free speech empowers minority voices is shared by 65% of White voters, 61% of Hispanic voters, and 60% of Black voters.

However, just 46% recognize that free speech is a serious threat to ruling elites and powerful institutions.

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Question 1:

Generally speaking, does free speech empower Black Americans and other minorities? Or does it work to oppress them?

64%    Empower

12%    Oppress

24%    Not sure

Question 2:

Is there a conflict between free speech and inclusiveness?

37%    Yes

35%    No

28%    Not sure

Question 3:

Okay… Is there a conflict between free speech and diversity?

35%    Yes

45%    No

20%    Not sure

Question 4:

Is free speech a serious threat to ruling elites and powerful institutions?

46%    Yes

33%    No

21%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 28-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, 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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