When asked to name the five rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, 29% of Americans drew a blank.
That’s actually down from 36% so we’ll take it.
Meanwhile, the most recognized right is free speech (68% of Americans could name that one) followed by religion (29%), free press (14%), right to assemble (7%) and only 1% could come up with the right to petition our government for redress of grievances.
This is according to First Amendment Center’s 2014 State of the First Amendment Survey. The survey has been conducted every year since 1997, yeilding a wealth of information about Americans’ attitudes about our favorite amendment.
We know, for example, that the number of Americans who believe the First Amendment “goes too far” peaked in 2002, but that a majority of Americans consistently understand that “It’s important for our democracy that the news media act as a watchdog on government,” and that high school students should enjoy the same First Amendment rights as adults. Check out the full survey here.