The Pew Research Center this week released polling information from 38 nations on the importance of such values as free speech, religious liberty, and Internet freedom. Majorities of respondents in most of the nations interviewed said they were in favor of religious freedom. Only South Korea (49 percent), Vietnam (46 percent), and Japan (24 percent) polled lower than 50 percent in that category. Regarding the Internet, there was a wide range of opinions although Pew found a significant correlation between amount of Internet use and support for freedom from online censorship. Pew remarked that this suggests “that as access to the Web continues to spread around the globe in the coming years, the desire for freedom in cyberspace may grow as well.” The highest levels of support for Internet freedom came from Argentina, the United States, Germany, Spain, and Chile, where approximately 70 percent valued such online liberty. Burkina Faso and Indonesia were among the lowest, each having only 21 percent of respondents prioritizing such freedom. Notably, China and Iran were not among those nations polled in this survey. The full report from Pew is available here.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 20, 2015