Poll: Most California Democrats want to restrict free speech from white nationalists

The Mercury News | 9/12/2017 | Julia Prodis Sulek
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BERKELEY — In this cradle of the free speech movement, from the very campus where the First Amendment has been tested time and again, a new poll from UC Berkeley shows California voters are split over the delicate question of whether white nationalist groups should be allowed to demonstrate.

Forty-six percent of California voters say we’ve gone too far in allowing white nationalists to demonstrate while 43 percent say the rallies should not be restricted and 11 percent had no opinion.

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And Democrats, especially, appear to be grappling with the complex issue in deep blue California.

In the wake of violent protests from Charlottesville to Berkeley, more than half, a full 53 percent of California’s Democratic voters, believe we have gone too far in allowing those demonstrations. Some 50 percent of California Republicans, meanwhile, believe the right to demonstrate should not be restricted, compared with 39 percent of Democrats.

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“I would have thought the liberals would be defending the right to demonstrate in general,” said Mark DiCamillo, who conducted the poll of California registered voters for the university’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

But timing is everything — and this isn’t the summer of love.

Year - Activists - Berkeley - Campus - Proving

Over the past year, conservative activists have made the Berkeley campus a proving ground for free speech as some of their events have been canceled in the midst of opposition and violent protests, some led by black-clad, far-left extremists.

On Tuesday, a student group announced President Donald Trump’s ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, whose speech was canceled earlier this year, will come to the Berkeley campus at the end of the month for what they are calling “Free Speech Week.” In Fresno, the county GOP has been criticized by Democrats and the Fresno Bee editorial board for inviting former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, Arizona, to speak...
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