Pew: Americans on offensive speech: people are too sensitive, but people are also too offensive

"About two-thirds of U.S. adults (65%) say that 'people being too easily offended' is a major problem in the country today, while a slimmer majority – 53% – say that 'people saying offensive things to others' is a major problem" - Pew

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Bert Perry's picture

...let's define "offensive".  I'm guessing that different groups of people have some very different notions of what constitutes offensive speech, so I'm somewhat dubious of the results here being very meaningful.

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Aaron Blumer's picture


Pew details the survey methodology, "including Questionnaire development and testing," here:

The questionnaire is here:

I would add that it's a survey of perceptions. Nobody's trying to measure "objectively offensive," whatever that might possibly be.

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.