37% Of Americans Cannot Name Any First Amendment Rights

The results from a recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Public Policy show that 37% of Americans cannot name any rights associated with the First Amendment. (Image courtesy of the Annenberg School of Public Policy)

The results from a recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Public Policy show that 37% of Americans cannot name any rights associated with the First Amendment.

Nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) say that freedom of speech is a right guaranteed by the First Amendment. But, unprompted, 37 percent could not name any First Amendment rights. And far fewer people could name the other First Amendment rights: 15 percent of respondents say freedom of religion; 14 percent say freedom of the press; 10 percent say the right of assembly; and only 3 percent say the right to petition the government.

Contrary to the First Amendment, 39 percent of Americans support allowing Congress to stop the news media from reporting on any issue of national security without government approval. That was essentially unchanged from last year. But the survey, which followed a year of attacks on the news media, found less opposition to prior restraint (49 percent) than in 2016 (55 percent).

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