- A speaker who advocates for violent protests (81 percent)
- A speaker who plans to publicly reveal the names of illegal immigrants attending the college (65 percent)
- A speaker who says the Holocaust did not occur (57 percent)
- A speaker who says all white people are racist (51 percent)
- A speaker who says Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to come to the U.S. (50 percent)
- A speaker who advocates conversion therapy for gays and lesbians (50 percent)
- A speaker who says transgender people have a mental disorder (50 percent)
- A speaker who publicly criticizes and disrespects the police (49 percent)
- A speaker who says that all Christians are backwards and brainwashed (49 percent)
- A speaker who says the average IQ of whites and Asians is higher than African Americans and Hispanics (48 percent)
- A speaker who says the police are justified in stopping African Americans at higher rates than other groups (48 percent)
- A person who says all illegal immigrants should be deported (41 percent)
- A speaker who says men on average are better at math than women (40 percent)
And sure enough, when you ask people whether insults directed at other people's race, ethnicity or religion should be made illegal, you get plenty saying they should:
Who should get protection against hate speech? 46 percent would support a law making it illegal to say offensive things about African Americans; there is less support for banning insults against other groups (41 percent for Jews, 40 percent for immigrants and military service members, 39 percent for Hispanics, 37 percent for Muslims, 36 percent for gays, lesbians, and transgender people, 35 percent for Christians).Again, I don't think people thought through these answers very clearly, and just because they said this doesn't mean they would actually support jail time for trash-talkers. But there seems to be a strong sentiment in the country for politeness.
47 percent of Latinos, 41 percent of African Americans, and 26 percent of whites would favor a law making it illegal to say offensive things about white people in public.