A new survey released by The Economist and YouGov suggests that a plurality of Republican adults favor courts being able to shut down media outlets.
“Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose permitting the courts to shut down news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate – or haven’t you heard enough about that yet to say?” the poll asked of 1,500 U.S. adults.
By a margin of 45% to 20%, Republicans said courts should have the authority to control the media and free speech. (35% of respondents said they haven’t heard enough to make a choice.) The number dipped when looking at conservative respondents, 37% in favor to 23% opposed.
Similarly, respondents that voted for President Trump in 2016 agreed with the notion that courts should be able to curtail the First Amendment and shut down media outlets by similar margins, 45% supporting to 24% opposing.