Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters nationwide believe Freedom of Speech is the most important right confirmed in the Bill of Rights. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 17% believe the Right to Bear Arms is most important while 14% cited Freedom of Religion.
However, the Right to Bear Arms also topped the list as the least important–31% of voters held that view. Freedom of the Press was viewed least important by 19% and the Right to Peaceably Assemble and Protest is least important for 14%.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 21-22, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
Seven of the eight Rights we asked about were deemed Absolutely Essential by a majority of voters. The sole exception was the Right to Bear Arms. It is deemed essential by 45% and Not at All Important by 12%.
Freedom of Speech is viewed as Absolutely Essential by 69%. Sixty-eight percent (68%) said the same about Freedom of Religion. Nothing else topped the 60% level. The Right to Bear Arms was the only item rated Not At All Important by more than 3% (see question wording and results).
A related survey found that 64% believe freedom is more important than democracy.
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