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34% say First Amendment goes too far in protecting rights

2013 State of the First Amendment survey results announced.

2012 survey: Public opposes unlimited campaign spending

By a 2-1 ratio, Americans responding to the State of the First Amendment survey say corporations and unions should not be able to spend as much as they want to support or oppose political candidates.

State of the First Amendment results to be released

News release This year’s authoritative survey on public attitudes toward First Amendment freedoms will focus on free press, news-media credibility the rights of student news organizations.

Wanted: better coverage of Obama policies

Survey summary
Full results
When it comes to news coverage about the Obama administration and major issues facing the nation, a Gallup survey commissioned by the First Amendment Center and the Newseum released today shows the public wants “better” — especially about the economy.
The national survey of more than 1,000 adults — conducted Jan. 20-21, exactly [...]

Blog: Pew report on local news echoes our survey

Comment? E-mail meTraditional news media were found to be the major source of local news in a
new study released Jan. 11. The finding is in line with results from the First Amendment Center's 2009
State of the First Amendment survey on where the public turns for reports on
major news developments.
The Pew Research Center’s Project
for Excellence in [...]

Americans still turn to traditional news media first

When it comes to a free press, Americans still like the idea — but after that, well, there are questions.
Most of us still depend on traditional news media — television, newspapers and radio — when it comes to learning of breaking news or finding out more about the big story, according to the just-released 2009 [...]

Traditional news media still 1st source on big stories

Analysis, tables
WASHINGTON — Americans still support the idea of a free press as a watchdog on government, and turn to traditional news sources on major news stories despite skepticism about bias in the news media, according to findings in the first segment of the 2009 State of the First Amendment national survey conducted by [...]

’07 survey shows Americans’ views mixed on basic freedoms

Survey tables
WASHINGTON — Sixty-five percent of Americans believe that the nation's
founders intended the U.S. to be a Christian nation and 55% believe that the
Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the “State of the
First Amendment 2007” national survey released Sept. 11 by the First Amendment
Center.
The survey also found that 71% of Americans would limit [...]

We don’t teach — or encourage — First Amendment freedoms in school

“Freedom” may be just another word — to borrow a lyric from Janis Joplin — to about one in four Americans, who don’t see any of the five freedoms of the First Amendment as “essential” in their lives.
The “State of the First Amendment 2007” report, issued Sept. 11 by the First Amendment Center, asked American [...]

Support of first freedoms back to pre-9/11 levels

WASHINGTON — Americans’ support for their First Amendment freedoms — deeply shaken by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — continues to rebound and is back at pre-9/11 levels, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center in collaboration with American Journalism Review magazine.
“The 2004 survey [...]

Analysis: 2004 State of First Amendment survey report

One theme persists over the eight years that the First Amendment Center has conducted the State of the First Amendment survey: In the minds of many Americans, there is a troubling disconnect between principle and practice when it comes to First Amendment rights and values.
Americans in significant numbers appear willing to regulate the speech of [...]

Commentary on the 2004 report

Freedom is making a comeback — of sorts.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans responding to the 2004 State of the First Amendment survey disagree with the statement that “the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.”
Two years ago, the survey showed virtually a 50-50 split on whether the First Amendment gives us too [...]

Newspapers could educate public about First Amendment

“It is from the First Amendment,” Justice William Brennan once told me, “that all our other liberties flow.” However, judging from the First Amendment Center’s recent annual State of the First Amendment Survey, one part of that section of the Bill of Rights is increasingly in disfavor with the public.
As Ken Paulson, executive director of [...]

Time, healing bring renewed perspective on the First Amendment

Two years after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., our nation appears to have caught its breath — and regained some perspective.
Those horrific assaults took a tremendous toll, in lives as well as on our collective psyche. How could we prevent this kind of attack from happening again? Did we need to [...]

We lose sight of our rights when freedom and fear collide

Fear can short-circuit freedom.
From Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of civil liberties during the Civil War to the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II to the McCarthyism of the 1950s, our nation sometimes has lost sight of its commitment to freedom. Fear does that.
Little wonder, then, that security concerns and civil liberties have been both discussed [...]

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