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State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003 - Analysis

FSTOOFAR

The First Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago. This is what it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Based on your own feelings about the First Amendment, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: The First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.(Probe: Do you agree/disagree strongly or mildly?)
 FrequencyPercentCumulative PercentZ-Score
1) Strongly agree16716.7%16.7%-0.34
2) Mildly agree11811.8%28.5%-0.30
3) Mildly disagree18618.6%47.1%-0.26
4) Strongly disagree46846.8%93.9%-0.21
98) Don't Know585.8%99.7%3.91
99) Refused30.3%100.0%3.96





Age (I-AGE)

 18-3031-4445-6162+MissingTotal
Strongly agree17.1%
32
12.7%
33
17.1%
58
21.5%
40
416.8%
163
Mildly agree15.5%
29
12.7%
33
10.3%
35
9.7%
18
311.8%
115
Mildly disagree26.2%
49
20.8%
54
15.9%
54
13.4%
25
418.7%
182
Strongly disagree35.8%
67
48.1%
125
51.8%
176
47.3%
88
1246.9%
456
Don't Know5.3%
10
5.4%
14
5.0%
17
7.5%
14
35.7%
55
Refused0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
10.2%
2
Missing0000270
Total 100%
187
100%
260
100%
340
100%
186
   
973

Education (I-EDUC)

 High school or lessSome college/Trade schoolCollege or moreMissingTotal
Strongly agree21.5%
49
17.1%
53
13.9%
63
216.7%
165
Mildly agree22.8%
52
9.7%
30
7.5%
34
211.7%
116
Mildly disagree15.4%
35
20.6%
64
19.0%
86
118.7%
185
Strongly disagree32.0%
73
46.1%
143
55.1%
249
347.0%
465
Don't Know8.3%
19
5.8%
18
4.2%
19
25.7%
56
Refused0.0%
0
0.6%
2
0.2%
1
00.3%
3
Missing000100
Total 100%
228
100%
310
100%
452
   
990

Household income (I-INCOME)

 Under $30,000$30,000-$50,000$50,000-100,000$100,000+MissingTotal
Strongly agree17.2%
47
15.9%
33
14.8%
45
20.3%
30
1216.6%
155
Mildly agree15.0%
41
14.0%
29
9.8%
30
6.1%
9
911.7%
109
Mildly disagree19.0%
52
19.8%
41
19.7%
60
14.9%
22
1118.8%
175
Strongly disagree39.6%
108
44.4%
92
51.5%
157
54.7%
81
3046.9%
438
Don't Know8.8%
24
5.3%
11
4.3%
13
4.1%
6
45.8%
54
Refused0.4%
1
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
10.2%
2
Missing0000670
Total 100%
273
100%
207
100%
305
100%
148
   
933

Political party (I-PARTYID)

 DemocratRepublicanIndependentNo preference (volunteered)Other (volunteered)MissingTotal
Strongly agree14.7%
45
16.8%
48
17.4%
46
17.9%
12
11.1%
4
1216.2%
155
Mildly agree12.4%
38
9.8%
28
13.6%
36
14.9%
10
8.3%
3
312.0%
115
Mildly disagree18.6%
57
17.5%
50
19.3%
51
17.9%
12
13.9%
5
1118.3%
175
Strongly disagree48.0%
147
50.2%
143
45.1%
119
38.8%
26
52.8%
19
1447.4%
454
Don't Know5.9%
18
5.3%
15
4.2%
11
10.4%
7
13.9%
5
25.8%
56
Refused0.3%
1
0.4%
1
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
00.3%
3
Missing00000420
Total 100%
306
100%
285
100%
264
100%
67
100%
36
   
958

Race (I-RACE)

 WhiteBlackHispanicAsianOtherMissingTotal
Strongly agree16.4%
130
14.9%
10
19.5%
8
35.0%
7
14.9%
7
516.8%
162
Mildly agree9.6%
76
25.4%
17
22.0%
9
20.0%
4
17.0%
8
411.8%
114
Mildly disagree19.0%
150
17.9%
12
24.4%
10
15.0%
3
14.9%
7
418.8%
182
Strongly disagree49.2%
389
32.8%
22
31.7%
13
25.0%
5
44.7%
21
1846.6%
450
Don't Know5.4%
43
9.0%
6
2.4%
1
5.0%
1
8.5%
4
35.7%
55
Refused0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
00.3%
3
Missing00000340
Total 100%
791
100%
67
100%
41
100%
20
100%
47
   
966

Religion (I-RELIGION)

 NoneCatholicProtestantJewishOtherMissingTotal
Strongly agree11.2%
12
18.6%
44
15.6%
45
7.1%
2
19.6%
55
916.8%
158
Mildly agree15.9%
17
13.1%
31
8.0%
23
7.1%
2
14.6%
41
412.1%
114
Mildly disagree12.1%
13
23.3%
55
17.4%
50
7.1%
2
18.9%
53
1318.4%
173
Strongly disagree47.7%
51
41.1%
97
54.9%
158
64.3%
18
41.3%
116
2846.8%
440
Don't Know13.1%
14
3.4%
8
4.2%
12
14.3%
4
5.3%
15
55.6%
53
Refused0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
10.2%
2
Missing00000600
Total 100%
107
100%
236
100%
288
100%
28
100%
281
   
940

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