Saturday, August 13, 2011
Americans aren’t impressed with the way the British government has responded to the riots in London, but most don’t think the violent incidents put the city’s hosting of next year’s Summer Olympics at risk.
Just 24% of American Adults rate Britain’s handling of the rioting in London as good or excellent. An identical 24% view the government’s response as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But just one-in-three adults (34%) think the violence in London is even somewhat likely to force the International Olympic Committee to move the 2012 Olympics to another city. That includes only nine percent (9%) who believe it’s Very Likely. Fifty-four percent (54%) feel the city’s violence is unlikely to cause a shift in the location of the Olympics, with 14% who say it’s Not At All Likely.
The plurality (43%) of Americans believe that a statement like British Prime Minister David Cameron’s that “nothing is off the table” when it comes to dealing with the rioters serves as a deterrent to further rioting. Twenty-five percent (25%) think a statement like that incites more rioting. Thirty-two percent (32%) are undecided about what its impact might be.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 10-11, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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