Pollsters have been telling me this for a long time: that “nearly two-thirds – 62% – of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive.”
Yet, according to recent polling conducted by our friends at the CATO Institute, “[S]trong liberals stand out, however, as the only political group who feel they can say what they believe.” The polling data shows that a whopping “77% of conservatives” feel they have to self-censor their beliefs.
Why can’t we say what we believe? Simply put, “nearly a third of employed Americans say they personally are worried about missing out on career opportunities or losing their job if their political opinions became known.” These are well-founded concerns. The survey data also found that “many Americans think a person’s private political donations should impact their employment. Nearly a quarter (22%) of Americans would support firing a business executive who personally donates to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign. Even more, 31%, support firing a business executive who donates to Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.”
You can see why the far left continues to demand donor disclosure – it’s one more way to weaponize American politics as some seek to punish those they disagree with.
You can read the full scope of CATO’s recent polling data on political intolerance and free speech restrictions HERE.