Are today’s college students intolerant of free speech? In this episode, we talk to the Brookings Institution’s John Villasenor about the results of his recent survey.
In this episode of The First Five, Lata Nott talks to John Villasenor, a fellow at the Brookings Institution who recently conducted a survey of college students’ attitudes towards the First Amendment. John goes over his survey results and discusses how college students view issues like hate speech, controversial campus speakers, and the use of violence in protests. He also responds to criticisms that have been aimed at his survey methodology, and looks at the results of other recent surveys that have delved into how young people think about free speech. His conclusion? Today’s college students display an alarming lack of support for First Amendment principles.
Lata Nott is the Executive Director of the First Amendment Center at the Newseum Institute.
John Villasenor is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings.
To learn more about how college students feel about First Amendment issues, check out the results from the following recent surveys: