If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.

 

72% Say Celebrities Get Special Treatment When They Break the Law

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Most Americans don’t think the laws they live under apply to the rich and famous in quite the same way.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 72% believe celebrities get preferential treatment when they break the law. Only eight percent (8%) disagree, while 20% more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Americans have expressed similar concerns about star athletes. An overwhelming majority (78%) say colleges and universities give athletes special preference rather than hold them to the same academic and behavior standards as other students.

Many have criticized the U.S. media for providing a platform for misbehaving celebrities such as actor Charlie Sheen who has recently been in the news. Most Americans (71%) share an unfavorable opinion of Sheen. 

But while most adults are critical of the media coverage of celebrities, they also admit that they pay too much attention to such news.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 1-2, 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.

OR

Become a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.