Poll: 34% of Americans Say First Amendment Too Extreme
44% also favor the government forcing journalists to give up their news sources.
July 18, 2013
A recent national poll shows that 34% of Americans believe the First Amendment “goes too far in the rights it guarantees.”
The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, conducted the national survey of 1,006 American adults in May.
That belief is up 13% compared to the results of the same survey conducted last year, the largest single-year increase since the center started the annual surveys in 1997.
“It’s unsettling to see a third of Americans view the First Amendment as providing too much liberty,” said First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson in a press release. “This underscores the need for more First Amendment education.”