Should Some Books Be Banned?

These are just a few of the news stories inspired by The Harris Poll’s March 2015 survey on book banning. 


The Blaze

The Bible Joins List of Top 10 Most Challenged Library Books for the First Time

In addition, American Bible Society communications director Andrew Hood says the Bible offers more than just religious commentary. “The Bible — the most-translated and best-selling book of all time — has informed centuries of literature, government, philosophy and social behavior,” he told Christianity Today. “To exclude it from public libraries and schools would be to diminish access to the most influential book of all time.” According to a recent Harris poll, 28 percent of Americans believe that certain books should be banned from libraries, an increase from 18 percent in 2011…. Read more.

Source: The Blaze | Tré Goins-Phillips | April 12, 2016


American Library Association

“State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

In July 2015, a Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 US adults who participated, the percentage (28 percent) who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the previous survey (18 percent) conducted in 2011… Read more.

Source: American Library Association | Macey Morales | April 11, 2016


The Washington Post

Stop saying only Democrats are politically correct. Republicans also favor censorship.

Sure, Democrats are more open to banning hate speech and more skittish about publishing drawings of Muhammad. But a recent Harris poll on censorship found that Republicans are more apt to want to scrub other forms of discourse. For example, Republicans are almost twice as likely — 42 percent vs. 23 percent — as Democrats to say that “there are any books that should be banned completely.”… Read more.

Source: The Washington Post | Catherine Rampell | August 10, 2015


The Guardian

Are Americans falling in love with censorship?

The Harris poll of 2,244 US adults was released in July, revealing that, in the space of four years, the percentage of Americans believing that some books should be completely banned has increased by more than half. In 2011, 18% of those surveyed wanted some books banned; in 2015, 28% agreed with the assertion. Just under a half, 48%, said that no books should be banned, compared with 56% in 2011… Read more.

Source: The Guardian | Alison Flood | August 7, 2015


The Columbian

Being respectful isn’t politically correct, it’s just plain correct

For some reason, this has become a cause célèbre for conservatives, a fact that seems somewhat hypocritical. While some conservatives are quick to blame political correctness when an opinion they agree with is challenged, a recent Harris Poll showed that Republicans are much more likely than Democrats — 42 percent to 23 percent — to say that some books “should be banned completely.” They also are more likely to say that certain video games, movies, and TV shows should be banned… Read more.

Source: The Columbian | Greg Jayne | August 15, 2015