March 17, 2005--Forty-five percent (45%) of
American adults believe Michael Jackson is guilty of the charges brought
in his child molestation trial. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 21%
disagree and say that the pop star is Not Guilty.
Still, only 14% believe Jackson will be
convicted and sent to prison. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disagree and say
he will not do time.
Just 16% of Americans now have a favorable
opinion of Jackson. That figure is especially startling since 31% have
bought a Michael Jackson CD or record at some point in their lives.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of Americans have an
unfavorable opinion of Jackson.
Those who have bought Jackson's music over the
years offer are evenly divided on his guilt--39% say he is guilty while
37% say he is not. Thirty-four percent (34%) of this group have a
favorable opinion of the singer while 42% have an unfavorable view.
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This survey of 1,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports March 15-16, 2005. The margin of
sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of