As CPAC begins, how important is cancel culture in America today?

Linley SandersSenior Data Journalist
February 25, 2021, 1:45 PM UTC

Thursday marks the beginning of the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual event that will focus this year’s theme on the idea of “America Uncanceled.” While cancel culture is a well-known phenomenon in America, most voters (and Republicans) do not consider it one of the more important issues facing the country.

Two-thirds of registered voters (69%) claim to be very or somewhat familiar with the term “cancel culture”, or the practice of boycotting people who voice unpopular or politically incorrect opinions. Republicans (67%) and Democrats (66%) are similarly likely to say they are familiar with cultural deplatforming, while three-quarters of Independents (78%) say the same.

One in five Republicans (19%) say cancel culture is one of the most important issues facing the country today. Even still, it falls behind a number of other topics that most Republicans prioritize, including jobs and the economy (58%), immigration and border security (57%), and the budget, taxes, and the federal deficit (53%). One-quarter of Republicans (28%) also rank healthcare policy and social security as top issues. 

Cancel culture is selected as an important issue by only 11% of registered voters, ranking 17th out of 20 issues. Americans are far more concerned about jobs (49%), healthcare policy (43%), racism and race relations (39%), and climate change and the environment (35%).

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See the toplines and crosstabs from this YouGov poll 

Methodology: This YouGov poll of 1,059 registered voters was conducted between February 17 - 19, 2021. Panelists were asked, “Lately, some have been talking about "cancel culture," the practice of boycotting or deplatforming people or groups who voice unpopular or "politically incorrect" opinions. How familiar or unfamiliar would you say you are of the term "cancel culture?" and “What do you think are the most important issues facing this country today? Please select up to five.” The margin of error for the entire sample is +/-3.6% 

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