Published: Sep 16, 2011 12:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 16, 2011 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll suggests that the majority of teens these days support the First Amendment.
 
The survey of students and teachers is released to coincide with Constitution Day, commemorating the formation and signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
 
Eighty-eight percent of the more than 12,000 students surveyed say people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions and 70 percent say musicians should be able to sing music some people consider offensive.
 
On social media, 49 percent of 900 teachers surveyed agree that things like Facebook and Twitter are harmful to a student's learning. Thirty-nine percent say it helps and 12 percent say it has no effect.
 
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point for the student survey and plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the teachers. It was paid for by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.