Poll: Majority of Americans oppose US becoming more politically correct

The majority of Americans oppose making the country more "politically correct" and are "upset" over things people can't say anymore according to an NPR/PBS/Marist poll released Wednesday.

In the survey, 52 percent of respondents said they were opposed to the country becoming more politically correct and are upset "that there are too many things people cannot say anymore." The poll did not give a specific definition for being politically correct.

The answers had a large split on party lines with 55 percent of those who identified as Democrats said they favored more political correctness, compared to only 13 percent of Republicans who said the same. Thirty-three percent of independents favored more political correctness.


"If the Democratic Party moves in a direction that is more to its base on this issue, it suggests independents are going to be tested to stay with the Democrats electorally," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE has frequently touted his opposition to political correctness.

"I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct," he said during a Republican primary debate in 2016, adding "and I don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time, either."

Democrats, adults under 30, blacks and small city/suburban women were the groups that favored political correctness in the poll.

Nearly two third of white men surveyed, college educated or not, said the country is becoming too politically correct.

When asked about the overall tone and civility in Washington between Republicans and Democrats, 70 percent of respondents said it has gotten worse since Trump was elected.

Slightly more respondents blamed the media, 37 percent, for the tone than Trump, 35 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,075 adults between Nov. 28-Dec. 4. The margin of error a plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.