State of the First Amendment overview


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  • Obama news-coverage survey summary and full results

  • News release: Gallup Campaign-finance survey after Citizens United ruling
  • Full campaign-finance survey results

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

    The State of the First Amendment surveys, commissioned since 1997 by the First Amendment Center and Newseum, are a regular check on how Americans view their first freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion and petition.

    The annual and periodic surveys examine public attitudes toward freedom of speech, press, religion and the rights of assembly and petition; and sample public opinion on contemporary issues involving those freedoms.

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