State of the First Amendment Survey, 1997

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Before a criminal case come to trial, do you think that reporters who have found out certain facts of the case should be…:
  1) Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors
  2) Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press
  3) Neither
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors 520 50.7% 50.7% -.5
Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press 438 42.7% 93.5% .1
Neither 19 1.9% 95.3% .69
Don't know/Refused 48 4.7% 100% 4.28

Variable Comparisons


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors 46.0%
199
54.4%
317
50.8%
516
Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press 48.0%
208
38.6%
225
42.6%
433
Neither 2.8%
12
1.2%
7
1.9%
19
Don't know/Refused 3.2%
14
5.8%
34
4.7%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
433
100.0%
583

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Education (I-EDUC)

Grade school or less Some high school High school Some college College graduate Post graduate TOTAL
Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors 69.2%
9
54.9%
28
55.6%
153
51.1%
159
48.7%
109
41.6%
62
50.8%
520
Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press 7.7%
1
37.3%
19
39.3%
108
43.1%
134
46.0%
103
47.7%
71
42.6%
436
Neither 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
2
2.3%
7
1.8%
4
4.0%
6
1.9%
19
Don't know/Refused 23.1%
3
7.8%
4
4.4%
12
3.5%
11
3.6%
8
6.7%
10
4.7%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
13
100.0%
51
100.0%
275
100.0%
311
100.0%
224
100.0%
149

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Hispanic Asian Other (Specify) TOTAL
Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors 49.8%
420
51.3%
39
60.0%
27
52.9%
9
53.1%
17
50.5%
512
Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press 43.3%
365
47.4%
36
35.6%
16
41.2%
7
34.4%
11
42.9%
435
Neither 1.7%
14
1.3%
1
2.2%
1
5.9%
1
3.1%
1
1.8%
18
Don't know/Refused 5.2%
44
0.0%
0
2.2%
1
0.0%
0
9.4%
3
4.7%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
843
100.0%
76
100.0%
45
100.0%
17
100.0%
32

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Catholic Protestant Jewish Other (specify) No religion TOTAL
Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors 54.0%
147
49.3%
225
50.0%
10
54.6%
89
42.4%
39
50.8%
510
Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press 41.2%
112
45.0%
205
50.0%
10
33.1%
54
53.3%
49
42.9%
430
Neither 0.4%
1
1.5%
7
0.0%
0
4.3%
7
2.2%
2
1.7%
17
Don't know/Refused 4.4%
12
4.2%
19
0.0%
0
8.0%
13
2.2%
2
4.6%
46
TOTAL 100.0%
272
100.0%
456
100.0%
20
100.0%
163
100.0%
92

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Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Single Married Divorced/separated Widowed TOTAL
Forbidden to publish the information since it might bias jurors 48.3%
126
50.3%
288
53.3%
64
59.4%
38
50.7%
516
Allowed to publish the information because no one, not even a judge, should be able to censor the press 47.1%
123
42.2%
242
41.7%
50
31.3%
20
42.7%
435
Neither 0.8%
2
2.6%
15
1.7%
2
0.0%
0
1.9%
19
Don't know/Refused 3.8%
10
4.9%
28
3.3%
4
9.4%
6
4.7%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
261
100.0%
573
100.0%
120
100.0%
64

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