Poll: 66 percent in NC choose free media despite terrorism

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — North Carolinians wouldn’t let their fear of terrorist attacks interfere with their belief in a free press.

That’s the big takeaway from the latest High Point University/News & Record Poll, which showed that 90 percent of the state’s residents believe terrorist attacks — such as the one last month on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people — could happen in the United States.

Despite that, 66 percent of respondents said the media still should be allowed to print material that religious groups might deem offensive.

The Jan. 7 attack on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo was in retaliation for cartoons the magazine had published depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record