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The most depressing chart you’ll see all day

The American people are low-information voters.

But their lack of information doesn't just apply to the candidates they vote for or the issues that are important to them; it also applies to some of the most basic founding principles of this country -- up to and including the First Amendment.

The First Amendment Center has conducted yearly studies asking people their opinions of certain freedoms and how far they extend. But before they get to that point, they ask people to simply name the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment.

The results, as the  below chart shows, are somewhere between depressing and less-than-inspiring.

Courtesy: First Amendment Center

On the plus side, the percentage of Americans who can name freedom of speech (68 percent) and freedom of religion (29 percent) are rising, and the percentage who can't name any freedoms is near a new low. On the negative side,the right to petition government for a redress of grievances is at just 1 percent and the right to peaceably assemble is at just 7 percent.

And perhaps most disturbing to The Fix, just 14 percent of Americans can name freedom of the press.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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