Americans say it was “okay” for Charlie Hebdo to publish Muhammad cartoons — but non-whites and women approve less than whites and men

The question asked was, “As you may know, over the past several years this magazine has published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, which some people found offensive to their religious beliefs. Do you think publishing these cartoons was okay or not okay?” As you might gather, it doesn’t necessarily reflect respondents’ views on whether the speech should be constitutionally protected, though 70 percent of the “okay” respondents gave “freedom of the press/speech” as one of the reasons why the publication was “okay.”

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