Poll: Yanks Think Press Has Too Much Freedom

freeSpeech       2001-07-03 
Americans are less supportive of First Amendment rights than they were a year ago, according to an annual poll released by the First Amendment Center. The survey stated that almost four in 10 respondents (39%) believed the First Amendment goes too far in guaranteeing rights, compared with slightly more than two in 10 (22%) last year. The annual "State of the First Amendment" survey also asked how important it is for the media to hold the government in check, with 82% saying it was "very" or "somewhat" important, while 71% said it was "very" or "somewhat" important for the government to hold the media in check. Roughly four in 10 people (41%) said the media have too much freedom, compared with 36% who said there's too much government censorship. The survey was based on telephone interviews with 1,012 adults.