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Trigger Warning, Squids: A New Poll Finds 81% of Americans Say People Are Offended Too Easily

The Washington Times reports that a new poll of more than 13,000 US adults finds that "81% of Americans agree that 'people are too easily offended these days.'" 

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As noted by Jennifer Harper, the Morning Consult poll "found that 94% of Republicans, 82% of independents and 70% of Democrats agree with this idea." Furthermore, 48% of all Americans believe the country to be too politically correct with just  34% of Americans saying they choose to identify as politically correct. 

Other interesting findings from the poll note that Americans are increasingly confused as to what is acceptable to say without offending somebody. "72% overall agree that “rules about what you can and cannot say change so fast it’s difficult to keep up”; 85% of Republicans, 70% of independents and 64% of Democrats agree," the Washington Times article says.

That being said, it is no surprise then that most Americans agree somebody should just say what is on their mind, rather than trying to avoid offending somebody. Those polled showed that "65% overall agree that “people should be able to say what they really think, even if it might offend people." The majority of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents agreed with this sentiment. 

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The Morning Consult poll of 13,206 U.S. adults conducted February 6 through March 15 and was released on April 23rd. 

This polling is similar to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted in late 2018. That poll found that  "Fifty-two percent of Americans, including a majority of independents, said they are against the country becoming more politically correct and are upset that there are too many things people can't say anymore. About a third said they are in favor of the country becoming more politically correct and like when people are being more sensitive in their comments about others." 

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