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65% View Boy Scouts Favorably, Down from 73% Last Year

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Favorable opinions of the Boy Scouts of America are down, but most Americans still consider scouting good for young people.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults hold a favorable opinion of the Boy Scouts, down eight points from February 2012. The latest finding includes 28% with a Very Favorable view of the organization, but that compares to 40% early last year.

Twenty-five percent (25%) now view the Boy Scouts unfavorably, up from 17% in the previous survey. Unchanged in both surveys is the seven percent (7%) with a Very Unfavorable opinion. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 26-27, 2013 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.

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