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August 2011

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The State of the First Amendment

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The State of the First Amendment

 ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’

—Amendment I of the U.S. Constitution


This year, as they have every year since 1997, the First Amendment Center surveyed a 1,006 American adults on their attitudes about the First Amendment. The good news: Americans are trending toward “greater awareness and support for First Amendment rights.” 

The survey response to the question in the graph shows that the percent of Americans who can name the five First Amendment rights has generally increased over the years, with most Americans able to identify Freedom of Speech as a protected right.