Interview responses:

  • Age 25: Immediately knew it was from the Bill of Rights. Fully approves with the exception of religious groups condoning and spreading violence. Mostly Libertarian.
  • Age 26: Didn’t recognize it at first, but could trace it to the Constitution. Would approve with the consideration of being a member of the LGBTQ community and having faced discrimination from religious groups. Progressive but disenfranchised with both parties.
  • Age 29: Recognized language but did not name it. Would approve, but considered overreach of religion. Democratic socialist.
  • Age 36: Recognized it but couldn’t name it. Would approve, but does not support freedom of religion or the press and thinks there may too much freedom of speech. Anarcho-communist.
  • Age 45-50: Recognized it as part of the First Amendment. Would approve, emphasized peaceable/civil discourse. Democrat.
  • Age 47: Named it when asked. Would approve fully. Veteran who takes freedoms very seriously. Patriot who does not identify with either party.
  • Age 61: Immediately named it. Fully supports it. Bachelors in Political Science. Democrat.

Analysis: The results show that the interview subjects all at least recognized it if they didn’t immediately know where from, but only the two oldest were able to confidently name the First Amendment, both veterans and one a political science major. Most subjects are on the left side of the political spectrum but at different levels. Most subjects had a note on religious freedom.

Interpretation: The patterns suggest that while the subjects support the First Amendment, some have had experiences with religion that have negatively impacted their view on what they consider a class that has used its protected status to discriminate against others.

Evaluation: I found it interesting that the most commonly debated freedom was religion. I especially found it interesting that the subject furthest to left did not fully support the First Amendment.


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