Poll: By a huge margin, Freedom of Speech is seen as the most important of American freedoms
THIS is reassuring:
What is America’s favorite freedom? It’s freedom of speech by a wide margin, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey.
About 47% of those polled in the First Amendment Center survey said freedom of speech is the most important right, almost five times the number citing second-choice freedom of religion, named by 10%.
Next came freedom of choice (7%), the right to bear arms (5%), the right to vote (5%) the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (3%) and freedom of the press (1%).
The result may not be all that surprising; after all, freedom of speech is the best known of our First Amendment rights.
But it’s also a reassuring affirmation of how important speaking your mind is in a democracy.
This was the 17th annual survey on First Amendment rights, but the first time we’ve asked broadly about all rights.