A national survey by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication shows a large majority of Americans say the news media and social media companies should not show images of beheadings by the organization ISIS.

Fully 70% of respondents said news media companies should not show such images. Only 26% said news media companies should show the images.

A majority of Americans, 60%, also said social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube should block access to images of these beheadings. In contrast, only 36% said social media companies should not block access to such images. Controversy has surrounded the issue of whether social media companies should make editorial decisions about the content they allow on their sites.

A summary copy of the survey results is attached.

Paul Brewer from the Center for Political Communications at the University of Delaware is available for interview


Paul is available for interview by phone or can talk from UD's on site studio.