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Poll: Millennial Support for Free Speech Declining

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Founding documentsby Deborah Bunting, CBN News

A new poll shows a majority of Americans believe the First Amendment should be rewritten to  “reflect the cultural norms of today,” the poll by the Campaign for Free Speech reveals.

Nearly 60 percent of millennials — those 21 to 38 years old — believe the Constitution “goes too far in allowing hate speech in America.”

48 percent of Generation X and 47 percent of Baby Boomers agreed.

A majority of millennials also said hate speech should be a crime, with more than half of those saying it should carry jail time.

About 60 percent of respondents also want to curb freedom of the press, saying the government should be able to take action against media outlets that publish biased, inflammatory, or false content.

Those who would change the First Amendment say free speech is a value, rather than a right, and so it can change as society’s values about it change. But that’s a shocking idea to many Americans.

“Never in American history has there been as strong a threat to freedom of speech as there is today,” says Dennis Prager, conservative commentator, founder of the internet’s PragerU, and co-producer of a documentary film on threats to free speech released today, called No Safe Spaces.

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