Pew Study: Online, liberals far less tolerant than normal people

This is no surprise, as the overwhelming majority of censorship cases on campus that are opposed by civil rights groups ACLU, FIRE, SPLC, ADF etc  are cases of leftist administrators and faculty trying to censor fellow academics or students from expressing traditional, conservative, or other views that do not follow a rather strict leftist orthodoxy.

This is also something that I have experienced myself, both on campus and with family. I have a young Obama cult of personality relative who came on my Facebook wall to challenge something I said and when I started posting certain key inconvenient facts said family member blocked me (she came on my wall I didn’t come to hers). One should never let themselves have much of any of an emotional attachment to a political candidate; for obvious reasons it is incredibly foolish.


Not exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of opposing views than regular Americans.

In a new study, the Pew Center for the Internet and American Life Project confirmed what most intelligent Americans had long sensed. That is, whenever they are challenged or confronted on the hollow falsity of their orthodoxy  — such as, say, uniting diverse Americans — liberals tend to respond defensively with anger, even trying to shut off or silence critics. 

The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That’s double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that.

The proportion jumps even higher when someone on a social site disagrees with a liberal’s post.

Only 1% of moderates would block or shut out someone who dared to disagree with them, compared to 11% of liberals, whose rate was nearly three times that of conservatives.

The same 11% of liberals would block or unfriend people who offended them by daring to argue about political issues, vs 6% and 7% for other political views.

Liberals (14%) even blocked or shut out those they deemed posted too frequently on politics, vs 8% and 9% for moderates and conservatives, respectively.

Of those who dropped or shunned someone over political disagreements, Pew asked a follow-up question:

— 21% of them blocked, unfriended or hid a coworker,

— 31% blocked, unfriended or hid a (formerly) close personal friend,

— and 18% blocked, unfriended or hid an actual family member.

About Chuck Norton

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