MSNBC Voters Oppose Tougher Enforcement Of Porn By Three To One Margin

Rick Santorum has attempted to make tougher enforcement of laws against porn a main campaign issue as he runs on his Christian right political platform for president. So MSNBC.com decided to ask the question of their viewers in a poll. Nearly 100,000 people voted, and 73.9%(70,409) said no, opposing any new government crackdown on porn. Only 21.5%(20,499) agreed with the Santorum(and Romney and Gingrich)position that the U.S. needs some new crackdown on hardcore porn. And 4.6%(4,341) were undecided.

This poll is further proof positive that some candidates for president are running on extremist social position platforms, not at all in tune with the broad mainstream of average voters.

The far right religious organization, Morality In Media, has claimed broad support for tougher enforcement of obscenity laws before in polls. However, this organization hasn’t been honest in admitting that these were “push” type polls, with the question framed in such a manner that it was very difficult to respondents to oppose the Morality In Media question. But such distortions of facts are very common for this organization, where it has been condemned by critics for twisting facts.

Santorum would also have a difficult time creating the crackdown on porn, since most hardcore porn is perfectly legal, with only a tiny fringe of porn that may possibly be viewed as legally obscene by some judge or jury.

About all you can say about this is that the primary season allows the candidates to make stupid and extreme statements that the sitting president cannot make because of real limitations such as law or things like the 1st Amendment.

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