2020 Campus Expression Survey Report
Executive Summary of Findings:
- Reluctance to discuss controversial topics increased in college classrooms from 2019 to 2020 (page 3).
- Consistent with 2019, Republican students remained more reluctant to speak about controversial issues than Democrat and Independent students. Nearly half (44-48%) of Republicans were reluctant to discuss politics, the 2020 Presidential Election, or Black Lives Matter in a classroom setting (page 5).
- Students were most reluctant to discuss controversial topics when they were the majority demographic for the issue under discussion (e.g., white students were most reluctant to discuss race; page 6).
- Students were reluctant to speak up in class because they were concerned other students would criticize their views for being offensive (page 7).
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