64% Favor Jailing Sex Offenders Indefinitely If Necessary
Saturday, November 12, 2011
As new disclosures emerge from the scandal at Penn State University, most Americans feel the criminal justice system is not aggressive enough in fighting child sex abuse and think that convicted offenders should be jailed indefinitely if officials feel they might strike again.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 87% of American Adults believe that child sex abuse is at least a somewhat serious problem in the country today, with 57% who say it’s a Very Serious issue. Just nine percent (9%) don’t consider child sex abuse a serious problem, including two percent (2%) who say it’s Not At All Serious.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on November 8-9, 2010 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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