Weighing conflicting points of view to arrive at reasoned conclusions is a key humanistic competency, and Americans’ willingness to permit the public dissemination of texts that they find personally objectionable can serve as one marker of this capacity.

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* Recorded changes between years in the percentage favoring removal are not all statistically significant (p < .05).

Source: NORC at the University of Chicago, General Social Survey (1972–2016). Data analyzed by the American Academy’s Humanities Indicators ( using the GSS Data Explorer.

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