Reasons for online hate and harassment in the U.S. 2018

This statistic presents the most common types of online harassment experienced by internet users in the United States. During the December 2018 survey it was found that 21 percent of online harassment victims had experienced online harassment due to their political views, with further 21 percent reporting falling victim to online hate because of physical appearance.

Reasons for online hate according to online harassment victims in the United States as of December 2018

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Release date

February 2019


United States

Survey time period

December 17 to December 27, 2018

Number of respondents

1,134 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Eight hundred surveys were collected to form a nationally representative base of respondents with additional oversamples from individuals who identified as Jewish, Muslim, African-American, Asian-American or LGBTQ+. For the oversampled target groups, responses were collected until at least 100 Americans were represented from each of those groups.

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