(The Hill) — A new Hill-HarrisX poll finds most voters think that “cancel culture” is unfairly punishing people over their past actions. The survey used the Merriam-Webster definition to define the term as “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.”
Sixty-nine percent of registered voters in the Nov. 2-3 survey said cancel culture unfairly punishes people for their past actions or statements, while 31% said it does not.
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The survey found majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents saying it unfairly punished people, with Republicans being the most likely of the three groups to answer “yes.”
Seventy-nine percent of Republican voters along with 65% of Democrats and 64% of independents, specifically, said that cancel culture unfairly punishes people for their past actions or statements.
The poll also found 71% of registered voters said they strongly or somewhat believe that cancel culture has gone too far while 29% of respondents said they believe a little or not at all.
The most recent Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 930 registered voters between Nov. 2 and 3. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.