WASHINGTON (AP) - A new survey shows most Americans know they have a constitutional right to freedom of speech, and for a clear majority, that does not translate into allowing unlimited spending by corporations or labor unions on political campaigns.
According to a poll from the First Amendment Center, Americans oppose unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions by a 2-to-1 margin.
The annual survey on public knowledge and opinions about the First Amendment asked about such campaign spending after the Supreme Court's landmark 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case that removed spending limits for such groups.
Asked to name the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, 65 percent mentioned freedom of speech. Less than half thought of the freedoms of religion, press, right to assemble or the right to petition.