A Harvard Caps-Harris Poll has revealed that over two thirds of Americans believe a “growing cancel culture” is a direct threat to their freedom.
While 36% said they don’t believe there is a threat, a whopping 64% said that the phenomenon is having a detrimental effect on society. Over half of those surveyed, 54%, also noted that they fear they could be fired from their jobs if they express their real opinions on matters.
Mark Penn, the director of the survey, told The Hill “It is a chilling finding that most people in the country now are afraid they would be fired if they expressed their real views on social media.”
“The public generally gives negative ratings to social media companies and sees the movement as more about censorship rather than trying to correct wrongs. It is growing as a national issue,” Penn added.
Getting into specifics, the poll found that 36% believe cancel culture is a “big problem,” while 32% said it is a “moderate problem”, and a further 20% said it’s a “small problem.” Only 13% said there is no problem with cancel culture.