What do Americans know about the First Amendment, and how do they feel about the hot button issues like social media policies, campus speech and the tumultuous relationship between the press and the President?
In this episode of The First Five, Lata Nott and Gene Policinski discuss the results of the 2018 State of the First Amendment (SOFA) Survey with the people who helped them create and conduct it–researchers Krysha Gregorowicz and Brian Griepentrog from the Fors Marsh Group, an applied research company. (To make the results go down easier, they do this over a round of First Amendment-themed drinks.)
This year, the SOFA survey identified American’s feelings and attitudes toward fake news, hate speech on social media and how the media should cover the presidency. The 2018 survey also found that although most Americans can’t name all of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, they have strong opinions about specific First Amendment issues they encounter in daily life.
Some key findings:
How do you know that you can trust the results of this (or any) survey? Krysha and Brian discuss how they design and administer the survey for maximum validity and reliability, and explain what terms like “margin of error” and “confidence level” actually mean.
Lata Nott is the Executive Director of the First Amendment Center at the Freedom Forum Institute.
Gene Policinski is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Freedom Forum Institute.
Krysha Gregorowicz is a Senior Researcher for the Fors Marsh Group.
Brian Griepentrog is Senior Vice President of Research for the Fors Marsh Group.