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Fors Marsh Group Conducts 2019 State of the First Amendment Survey

For the third year, Fors Marsh Group (FMG) partnered with the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, the programming and education partner of the Newseum, to conduct the 2019 State of the First Amendment (SOFA) survey. The SOFA survey takes an annual pulse of Americans’ attitudes toward the First Amendment and knowledge of the core freedoms listed in the First Amendment.

“Each year we partner with the Freedom Forum Institute’s First Amendment Center to conduct the SOFA survey, we look forward to the insights this important survey reveals,” said Dr. Krysha Gregorowicz, senior public policy researcher at FMG. “By conducting the SOFA survey, FMG draws on our survey development and analysis capabilities to uncover these insights. FMG also activates our public policy evaluation expertise to analyze these results and understand trends in public perception on the First Amendment.”

This year, the SOFA survey identified that despite broader awareness of the First Amendment, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the freedoms it guarantees. The 2019 survey also found that Americans have strong opinions on how far the freedoms in the First Amendment go, the rise of fake news, and restrictions on reporting from student journalists.

“The State of the First Amendment survey provides insight on which freedoms require increased public understanding,” said Gene Policinski, president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute. “In our partnership with FMG, we were able to apply their capabilities and expertise in survey design, research, and policy evaluation to better understand what issues are important to the American public.”

Read the full SOFA report here. To learn more about FMG’s work in the policy market, view our Policy page.

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Fors Marsh Group (FMG) applies science and strategy to provide market research and customer experience research that improve organizational processes, business solutions, and customer experiences. This work is conducted within seven core U.S. markets: health, defense, technology, finance, homeland security, policy, and consumer. As a certified B Corporation, FMG’s business practices create positive impact beyond our client portfolio, extending into the community through pro bono service to nonprofits that are aligned with FMG’s corporate values. 

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Andy Blenkle

Andy Blenkle

Andy Blenkle is a marketing executive with extensive advertising experience supporting non-profits and federal organizations. At FMG, Andy serves as Vice President, focused on supporting client marketing campaigns and business development and partnership efforts. In his executive-level experience, Andy has served as President of iostudio, a Nashville-based digital marketing firm, and ...

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