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Posted: 9/22/2002 2:09:48 PM EST
Almost eight in ten Americans (79%) view the Second Amendment as either “essential” (48%) or “important” (31%), according to a newly released survey by the First Amendment Center, an affiliate of the Freedom Forum. The latest numbers reflect an increase of 15% since 1997 when 64% expressed support for the right to keep and bear arms (33% said it was “essential,” and 31% said “important”). Meanwhile, support for the First Amendment has taken a hit with close to half (49%) agreeing that it “goes too far in the rights it guarantees.” That is 10% higher than last year, and 21% greater than in 1999. The survey polled 1,012 respondents on the various rights protected under the First Amendment: freedom of speech, of religion, the press, assembly, and petitioning the government. The least popular was that of freedom of the press with 42% saying the press had too much freedom to do what it wants. The press release on the survey and news articles reporting the findings all have failed to mention the Second Amendment results, which points up the fact that perhaps the responses are not so much a commentary on the basic freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment as they were a criticism of how the press abuses that right in its often biased and selective reporting. To view the entire survey, go to [url]www.freedomforum.org/first/[/url] and select the file folder on the right labeled “State of First Amendment 2002.”
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