Freedom of speech. It’s the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and for many the most important. But most Americans still feel it’s in danger.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 adults finds that 97 percent of consider freedom of speech important, including 84 percent who say it’s Very Important. Just two percent rate this constitutional right not very or Not At All Important.
Voters rate freedom of speech as even more important than other basic constitutional rights such as religious freedom, freedom of the press and the right to bear arms.
But 52 percent now think there is less freedom of speech in America today. Just 19 percent feel there is more freedom of speech, while 26 percent say the level of freedom is about the same. Still, that's a slight improvement from 2014 when 60 percent felt there was less freedom of speech in this country.