The main topic is First Amendment attitudes, but it also includes interesting data about Internet use, including a question about trust of media sources. Asked if certain sources are "very truthful," high school students replied:
- Newspapers: 31 percent
- Television: 17 percent.
- Internet: 9 percent
- Social Network: 7 percent
What's fascinating is how much higher students scored newspapers as "very truthful" (31 percent) than did teachers (14 percent). The downside of this, of course, is students rarely read a newspaper. Perhaps if they did, they'd score it lower. We can't answer that from the data here, but they are hopeful from a print news perspective, which of course is the form of media most closely associated with learning about politics and public affairs.