OF AMERICANS BELIEVE AUGUSTA NATIONAL SHOULD NOT BOW TO MARTHA BURK'S
New Poll Supports Right of Privacy
VA A new national survey released today found that seven
out of 10 Americans support Augusta's right as a private club to
make its own policy decisions 72% of respondents said Augusta
should not change its membership policy due to pressure from outside
organizations. While a majority of those women surveyed do not
like Augusta National's male only policy, 69% of them believe Augusta
should be allowed to set its own rules. These numbers are based
on a poll commissioned by the Center for Individual Freedom, a non-partisan
constitutional advocacy organization, regarding Augusta National's
First Amendment right to remain a single-gender club.
shows that a majority of Americans including women
do not support Martha Burk's campaign of intimidation, and despite
an avalanche of media attention paid to Augusta National's private
membership policies, most people don't even recognize it as an issue,"
says Renee Giachino, General Counsel for the Center for Individual
U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, "freedom of association receives
[Constitutional] protection as a fundamental element of personal
liberty" and "freedom of association therefore plainly
presupposes a freedom not to associate."
Amendment grants Augusta National’s members, and every other
private club for that matter, the right to choose with whom they
wish to freely associate whether they be white, African-American,
Asian, Hispanic, tall, short, fat, thin, or even male or female,"
company Wirthlin Worldwide in Washington, D.C., surveyed more than
1,000 adults nationally November 22-25. "These data reflect
the unbiased opinions of Americans regarding this issue," said
Jean Statler, Senior Vice President of Wirthlin Worldwide, "and
show that the majority support Augusta’s right to set their
own policies." Since 1969, Wirthlin Worldwide has provided
strategic research for a broad range of private, political, and
public sector clients and has conducted more than 120,000 surveys
on almost every subject matter.
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Founded in 1998, the Center for Individual Freedom, a non-partisan,
non-profit constitutional advocacy organization, fights to protect
and defend individual freedoms and rights in the legal, legislative
and educational arenas.