Strong majority support demonstrations without a permit on campus – 126 participants

Jul 08, 2017

Some colleges and universities in New Hampshire currently restrict when and where students can demonstrate, hold signs, or distribute literature. Read more about this issue here. On July 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should publicly-funded colleges and universities in NH allow students to demonstrate on campus without a permit?”

Should NH colleges and universities let students demonstrate without a permit?

Free Speech on Campus New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 126 participants gave 226 responses.

A total of 83% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 17% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 126 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 226 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 81%, were in favor of allowing students to demonstrate on New Hampshire pubic college and university campuses without a permit. 

  • “Yes. That's literally a major part of college: learning to express your beliefs through peaceful demonstration.”
  • “You should not need a permit to exercise a constitutional right.”
  • “Yes, so long as they are actually protesting and not rioting, and they do not block the flow of traffic.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 19%, were opposed to allowing students to demonstrate on New Hampshire pubic college and university campuses without a permit.   

  • “No. What once was a 'protest' for something now turns into a reason to burn, riot, [and] loot.”
  • “It could become a safety issue for the community and police.”
  • “A publicly funded school should be aware of who is organizing what.”

Other: As noted above, 19% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Higher education: “There should be no publicly funded colleges.”
  • The Constitution: “Soon the entire bill of rights will be null and void.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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