State of the First Amendment overview


  • 2009 news release
  • Full 2009 survey analysis, tables, methodology by PERT Group
  • Commentary by Gene Policinski

    The State of the First Amendment survey, released by the First Amendment Center each year, is a reality check on how Americans view their first freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion and petition.

    The survey, conducted annually since 1997 by the Center for Survey Research & Analysis, examines public attitudes toward freedom of speech, press, religion and the rights of assembly and petition.

    Media contact:
    Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center vice president and executive director
    615/727-1600