Sunday, December 2, 2007

Survey Sunday: First Amendment

We have a new survey that covers a fraction of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: The Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, and Freedom of Speech.

1. Establishment Clause of the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion....") means...
[ ] A separation of Church and State, with government officials only acting with "secular" logic when it comes to government legislation, legal matters, and the execution thereof.
[ ] A separation of Church and State, with government officials only informed by the ethics of their respective religion (or other ethical code) but no overt support of specific religious dogma.
[ ] The United States of America is against the establishment of an official Church of America, but still open to overtly religious sentiment in legislation.
[ ] The United States of America is a Christian nation, and most mainstream Christian denominations will be wholeheartedly accepted by the State, with legislation directly coming from this tradition. Other religions will be tolerated but not as much as mainstream American Christianity.
[ ] The United States of America is a Christian nation, and most mainstream Christian denominations will be wholeheartedly accepted by the State, to the exclusion of other religions, and that does not contradict the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
[ ] Other

2. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law...prohibiting the free exercise thereof") means (select all that apply)...
[ ] Door-to-door religious canvassing is legal.
[ ] A government employer cannot fire, discriminate against, or deny an employee benefits because of religious beliefs, such as refusing to work on a weekly day of rest or holiday.
[ ] A non-government entity (such as a corporation) can be as overtly religious as it wants, and such a stance will be rewarded or punished by the "free" market.
[ ] Official public school prayer inevitably excludes some religions and the non-religious, and therefore is unconstitutional.
[ ] The use of controlled substances in religious ceremonies is legal.
[ ] Other

3. Freedom of Speech ("Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech") means (select all that apply)...
[ ] Burning the American flag is legal.
[ ] Dissent is patriotic.
[ ] Government agencies can censor and monitor speech.
[ ] Hate speech is legal.
[ ] Idealizing about a one party America is patriotic.
[ ] The Internet must be kept neutral.
[ ] Large, public corporations - specifically media companies - can censor ideas.
[ ] Most libel, slander, and defamation laws are unconstitutional.
[ ] Yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater should not be punished.
[ ] Other

4. Which U.S. political party's Presidential candidate would you probably vote for in November 2008?
[ ] Democrat
[ ] Republican
[ ] Other party - Conservative
[ ] Other party - Moderate
[ ] Other party - Liberal
[ ] Other
[ ] Undecided

5. Gender
[ ] Female
[ ] Male
[ ] Both
[ ] Other
[ ] None

6. Age range
[ ] Teenager
[ ] Young adult
[ ] Adult
[ ] Middle aged
[ ] Elderly

7. Class identification
[ ] Poor
[ ] Working class
[ ] Middle class
[ ] Upper middle class
[ ] Rich

8. Education level
[ ] No diploma
[ ] High school diploma
[ ] Associate's degree
[ ] Bachelor's degree
[ ] Master's degree
[ ] Doctorate
[ ] Other

9. Social values
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

10. Economic ideology
[ ] Very liberal
[ ] Liberal
[ ] Moderate
[ ] Conservative
[ ] Very conservative

Please take this quick survey, and we should reveal some results on a future Results Thursday. Thank you!

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