Views on the desired legality of pornography in the US, from 2010-2018 for contemporary relevance:
Hardcore pornography is a couple of clicks away for anyone with internet access despite just 4% of the public thinking it should not be subject to legal restriction. Almost one-third of the population believes it should be outlawed completely while nearly two-thirds think it should be inaccessible to those under the age of 18.
It is interesting to contrast this with racist speech, something a majority of people (59%) believe should not be subject to legal restrictions.
While nearly everyone thinks pornography should at least be illegal for minors, the idea that this will ever translate into actual law is laughable. Putatively racist speech, on the other hand–well, our philosopher-kings know phrases like “it’s okay” are most certainly not okay. Eighteen year-olds from broken homes having all orifices penetrated simultaneously? What harm could that do to anyone?
GSS variables used: PORNLAW, RACECEN1(1)(2)(3)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), RELIG(3)(9), SPKRAC