Newseum First Amendment Survey Shows Need for Free Speech Education

The Newseum has released its 2016 State of the First Amendment survey results, and the data are a cause of great interest and concern.

Among its findings: 39% of Americans cannot name a single right protected by the First Amendment, including 27% of those with a college degree. And, while 57% of Americans agree that college students “should be allowed to say whatever they want on school grounds, even if what they say is offensive to others,” 40% disagreed.

These results show the pressing need for more education on campus about how free speech contributes to the life and work of the university and the culture of our country more broadly. The report contains many other interesting results and is well worth looking at in its entirety.

View the full report: State of the First Amendment: 2016