Poll: Mistrust In First Amendment Protections Highest Since 2003

An annual poll conducted for the Newseum Institute found that Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the protections to speech, religion, and association afforded in the First Amendment. Based on the poll’s findings, 34 percent of Americans say that the First Amendment “goes too far.” This increase in Americans who disapprove of the First Amendment represents a massive boost from last year when just 13 percent said the same.

According to the Newseum poll, which has been asking Americans about their feelings about the First Amendment since 1999, 64 percent of Americans disagreed with the statement “the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.” 34 percent, however, agreed with that statement.

This is the highest this rating has been since 2003 when 34 percent disagreed with that statement and just 60 percent agreed.

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This is, however, more support for the First Amendment than was measured in either 2001 or 2002, when 49 percent of respondents agreed that the First Amendment “goes too far.”

h/t The Blaze

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