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Home > Report 9-18-06 Student Survey
 
Report Lead - Summary - Key Finding 1 - Key Finding 2 - Key Finding 3 - Key Finding 4 - Methodology - Student Survey - Faculty Survey - Comments
 
High School Student Survey - 2006
     
1. What grade are you currently in?  
  2004 2006
Below 9th 2% 0%
9th 29% 30%
10th 27% 27%
11th 23% 24%
12th 19% 18%
     
2a. Have you ever taken classes in high school that dealt with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
  2004 2006
Yes 58% 72%
No 42% 28%
     
2b. Have you ever taken classes in high school that discuss the role of media in society?
  2004 2006
Yes 52% 62%
No 48% 38%
     
2c. Have you ever taken classes in high school that dealt primarily with journalism skills?
  2004 2006
Yes 21% 26%
No 79% 74%
     
2d. Have you ever taken a class in high school where the teacher required as a class assignment that you read a newspaper or watch television news?
  2004 2006
Yes 75% 81%
No 25% 19%
     
3. Please indicate whether or not you have been involved in any of the following activities at your high school (check all that apply)
  2004 2006
Student newspaper 8% 10%
Student magazine with a news component (does not include literary magazines or yearbooks) 4% 2%
Student-run radio station with a news component 4% 2%
Student-run television station with a news component 5% 5%
Student Internet or World Wide Web publication with a news component 5% 4%
Any other form of student media with a news component 5% 4%
     
       
4. The First Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago. This is what it says:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Based on your own feelings about the First Amendment, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: The First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 12% 18%
Mildy agree 23% 27%
Mildy disagree 19% 16%
Strongly disagree 25% 21%
Don't Know 21% 19%
     
5. Overall, do you think the press in America has too much freedom to do what it wants, too little freedom to do what it wants, or is the amount of freedom the press has about right?
  2004 2006
Too much freedom 32% 30%
Too little freedom 10% 11%
About right 37% 41%
Don't know 21% 18%
     
6a. People should be allowed to express unpopular opinions.
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 51% 52%
Mildy agree 32% 33%
Mildy disagree 5% 5%
Strongly disagree 2% 2%
Don't Know 10% 8%
     
6b. People should be allowed to burn or deface the American flag as a political statement.
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 8% 7%
Mildy agree 8% 9%
Mildy disagree 11% 12%
Strongly disagree 63% 64%
Don't Know 10% 8%
     
6c. Musicians should be allowed to sing songs with lyrics that others might find offensive.
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 40% 37%
Mildy agree 30% 32%
Mildy disagree 14% 16%
Strongly disagree 7% 7%
Don't Know 9% 8%
     
6d. Newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of a story.
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 24% 26%
Mildy agree 27% 28%
Mildy disagree 22% 23%
Strongly disagree 14% 13%
Don't Know 13% 10%
     
6e. High school students should be allowed to report controversial issues in their student newspapers without the approval of school authorities.
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 30% 34%
Mildy agree 28% 30%
Mildy disagree 18% 17%
Strongly disagree 11% 8%
Don't Know 13% 11%
     
7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?    
“Americans don’t appreciate First Amendment freedoms the way they ought to.”
  2004 2006
Strongly agree 17% 15%
Mildy agree 33% 38%
Mildy disagree 18% 17%
Strongly disagree 9% 7%
Don't Know 23% 23%
     
     
8. Are the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment something you personally think about or are they something you take for granted?
  2004 2006
Personally think about 27% 24%
Take for granted 36% 42%
Don't know 37% 34%
     
9. Are you male or female?
  2004 2006
Male 50% 50%
Female 50% 50%
     
10. Are you Spanish/Hispanic/Latino?
  2004 2006
Yes 15% 12%
No 85% 88%
     
11. What is your race?
  2004 2006
White/Caucasian 68% 73%
Black/African-American 14% 11%
American Indian/Alaska native 2% 1%
Asian 4% 3%
Some other race 12% 12%
     
12. Thinking about your family’s current financial situation do you consider yourself to be rich, upper income, middle income, lower income, or poor?
  2004 2006
Rich 5% 4%
Upper income 23% 24%
Middle income 59% 61%
Lower income 10% 9%
Poor 4% 2%
     
13. What is your approximate overall high school grade point average?
  2004 2006
0 0.0-2.0   (or 0-75) 7% 6%
2.1-3.0   (or 76-85) 31% 31%
3.1-3.5   (or 86-90) 31% 32%
3.6-4.0   (or 91-95) 22% 23%
Over 4.0 (over 95) 9% 8%
     
14. Which of the following grades is closest to your current overall grade point average?
  2004 2006
A 28% 30%
B 42% 45%
C 23% 21%
D 4% 3%
F 2% 1%
     
15. Which of the following best describes you?
  2004 2006
I was born a U.S. citizen 90% 94%
I was born in another country, but became a U.S. citizen 5% 3%
I was born in another country, and I am not a U.S. citizen 5% 3%
     
     
Please note: For the student survey, the results are accurate to within a margin of plus or minus 1 percent. For the faculty questions, the results are accurate to within a plus or minus 3.6 percent.
     
     
 
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