Poll Analysis: No Clamor for Amendment From Flag-Waving Public

Source Organization: Pew Research Center


06/28/2006 - About two-in-three Americans fly the flag. Nearly three-in-four say flag burning should be illegal. Roughly half say it should be unconstitutional.

But despite these protective instincts, there's been no public clamor demanding that Congress take steps to defend Old Glory against burners and desecrators.

In a nationwide Fox News survey taken earlier this month, flag-burning ranked a distant last among five issues tested as priorities for Congress this summer. Iraq was first at 35%, followed by gas prices (28%), immigration (26%) and same sex marriage (5%). Not even one percent of voters said that a flag burning amendment should be Congress's top priority.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll this month asked a different variant of this question. It included flag burning among seven issues and asked registered voters which two would be most important in helping them decide how to vote for Congress this fall. Flag burning again came in dead last - with just 4% naming it as their first or second most important issue.

Read the full poll analysis No Clamor for Amendment From Flag-Waving Public on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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