State of the First Amendment Survey, 1999

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The State of the First Amendment survey, conducted annually (since 1997, except for 1998) for the First Amendment Center by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut, examines public attitudes toward freedom of speech, press, religion and the rights of assembly and petition. Core questions, asked each year, include awareness of First Amendment freedoms, overall assessments of whether there is too much or too little freedom of speech, press, and religion in the United States, levels of tolerance for various types of public expression. Additional (non-core) questions asked in the 1999 survey include attitudes toward alcohol and tobacco advertisements, levels of tolerance for sexually explicit content in various media, and attitudes toward television and Internet content ratings.

Data File
Cases: 1,001
Variables: 121
Weight Variable: WEIGHT, WGTAGE, WGTEDUC, WGTCLAS, WGTSEX
Data Collection
Date Collected: February 26 to March 24, 1999.
Funded By
Freedom Forum
Collection Procedures
Computer-aided telephone interview surveys.
Sampling Procedures
The Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut conducted a total of 1,001 telephone interviews with a random national sample of adults ages 18 and over.
Principal Investigators
The Center for Survey Research and Analysis, University of Connecticut and the First Amendment Center