I am always interested in information about book banning and intellectual freedom. The results of this survey are interesting. In the library trade magazines we always hear about book challanges and banning, yet the survey says most people are against both....does this mean the challengers are just a few loud people?
Most Americans Opposed to Banning Any Books
Large majorities, including most African Americans, oppose changing 'nigger' to 'slave' in "Huckleberry Finn"
NEW YORK, N.Y. - April 12, 2011 - Banning or censoring books has been debated for years. A new Harris Poll shows, however, that a majority of Americans think no books should be banned completely (56%) while fewer than one in five say there are books which should be banned (18%); a quarter are not at all sure (26%). The older and less educated people are, the more likely they are to say that there are some books which should be banned completely. Opinions on banning books are linked to political philosophy: almost three quarters of Liberals (73%) say no books should be banned, compared to six in ten Moderates (60%) but only two in five Conservatives (41%) who say no books should be banned.
Read the rest and see all the results here.