A new poll asks Americans whether or not “political correctness” is a problem.
It finds that overwhelming majorities of Americans that includes the vast majority of young people, the vast majority of black people, etc. think that Political Correctness is a real problem.
Americans really love their freedoms and don’t like being told they can’t say something.
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture. https://t.co/IfMBDL0HuL Study: “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape.” “Exhausted majority” (80 % of all Americans) do not like the PC culture. Asians (82 %), Hispanics (87 %), American Indians (88 %), young people (79 %) pic.twitter.com/rWyqJkRguQ
— Frances Presley (@FrancesPresley) October 15, 2018
…Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.
Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness—and it turns out race isn’t, either.
Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness. As one 40-year-old American Indian in Oklahoma said in his focus group, according to the report:
It seems like everyday you wake up something has changed … Do you say Jew? Or Jewish? Is it a black guy? African-American? … You are on your toes because you never know what to say. So political correctness in that sense is scary.
The one part of the standard narrative that the data partially affirm is that African Americans are most likely to support political correctness. But the difference between them and other groups is much smaller than generally supposed: Three quarters of African Americans oppose political correctness. This means that they are only four percentage points less likely than whites, and only five percentage points less likely than the average, to believe that political correctness is a problem. More
I suspect the reason that most Americans don’t like political correctness is that even someone who isn’t highly educated or is politically disengaged knows a bad faith argument when they hear it.
If the people making these arguments don’t learn that using scorched-earth tactics in every situation isn’t the right way to engage with issues, I don’t see this changing anytime soon.
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