The table below contains results from Survey I.
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- According to the table, which demographic group listed below is most in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to protect the flag?
- College Graduates
- Moderate/Liberal Republicans
- What conclusion can be drawn from the data regarding the Constitutional Amendment to protect the flag?
- It will pass by a large margin.
- It enjoys widespread political support.
- It has only partisan support.
- It has pitted regional interests against one another.
The chart below contains results from Survey II.
Do you favor or oppose a new amendment to prohibit the burning or other desecration of the American flag?
- According to the chart, how do the majority of Americans feel about a Constitutional amendment to protect the flag?
- They are unsure of their position.
- They are opposed to this amendment.
- They are in favor of this amendment.
- They are evenly divided on this issue.
The chart below summarizes responses to a follow-up question in the same survey.
Would you favor or oppose such an amendment if you knew it were the first in the country's history to restrict freedom of speech?
- What conclusions can be drawn from this chart?
- A majority of Americans are in favor of such an amendment.
- Many people would burn the flag if given the opportunity to do so.
- A different group of people must have been surveyed for this question and the previous one.
- None of the above.
Questions for Discussion
- What would account for the differences in results in Survey 1 and Survey II?
- From studying the table and charts, what conclusions can be drawn regarding American political opinion on the issue of the Constitutional amendment to protect the flag?
- What are the implications of this information?
- Why do some people believe that even speech that is unpopular needs to be protected?