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Poll: Strong majority of registered voters believe cancel culture unfairly penalizes people for prior actions and statements

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A resounding majority (69%) of registered voters indicated that they believe cancel culture unfairly punishes individuals for previous actions or statements, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll conducted earlier this month.

The survey utilized the Merriam-Webster definition to define cancel culture, The Hill noted.

According to merriam-webster.com, the term means "the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling ... as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure."

Strong majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents shared the sentiment that cancel culture unfairly penalizes people for their past behavior and statements, according to the poll results: A whopping 79% of Republicans, 65% of Democrats, and 64% of independents held that view.

Significant majorities of both men (74%) and women (65%) also felt that way.

"This survey was conducted online within the United States from November 2 - 3 among 930 registered voters by HarrisX," according to a description about the survey. "The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, education, ideology and area type where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population."

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh commented on cancel culture in a tweet on Saturday in which he wrote, "One of the underrated consequences of cancel culture is that it makes for a boring society. People are afraid to experiment with ideas, think outside the box. They look for intellectual cover in a crowd, so you end up with echo chambers and nobody is saying anything interesting."

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