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First Amendment 'Goes Too Far' on Freedom, Say Record Surge of Americans

Survey finds few adults aware of freedom of religion, yet record number would deny it to fringe groups.

Can you name the five freedoms guaranteed to American citizens by the First Amendment?

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans are able to name the freedom of speech. Yet fewer than 1 in 4 are able to name the freedom of religion, according to new research from the First Amendment Center. (Meanwhile, more than one-third of Americans are unable to name any of the five.)

The center's 2013 State of the First Amendment survey reveals that only 10 percent of Americans identify freedom of religion as the most important freedom that Americans enjoy (47% choose freedom of speech instead). Women were twice as likely as men to name freedom of religion as the most important freedom (13% vs. 6%).

But even though most people don't know what freedoms they have under the Constitution, that didn't stop more than 1 in 3 Americans from saying the First Amendment goes too far in the freedoms it promises. That's nearly triple the 13 percent of people who said the same last year.

"The increase ...

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