State of the First Amendment 2015

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment Center put out its annual State of the First Amendment report on Thursday.

Some highlights:

* Only 19 percent of Americans think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees — the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, a big shift from last year when 38 percent said the First Amendment went too far.

* 70 percent said the media is biased, 15 points higher than last year, but not as high as in 2011 when it reach 76 percent.

* Cameras Always On Dept.: 88 percent believe citizens should be able to record police activity, and 83 percent believe that any footage from police “body cams” should be part of the public record.

See full report (PDF).