Friday, October 07, 2011
Very few Americans believe Amanda Knox is guilty of murdering her flatmate in Italy four years ago, and a plurality feels the media played an important part in overturning her conviction.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that only 11% believe Knox, a university student from Seattle, is guilty of murder. Forty-four percent (44%) feel she is not guilty of murdering fellow student Meredith Kercher, but a sizable 45% more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Forty-four percent (44%) of adults believe the media was at least somewhat influential on the Italian appellate court’s decision to overturn Knox’s murder conviction, including 17% who think it was Very Influential. Just 26% don’t believe the media had much influence on the decision, but that includes only six percent (6%) who think it was Not At All Influential. Twenty-nine percent (29%) are not sure.
Forty-two percent (42%) believe the media paid too much attention to the Knox trial, while only five percent (5%) say it paid too little attention to it. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe the media coverage of the case was about right, while 16% more are undecided.
By comparison, 70% of adults thought the media paid too much attention to the trial of Casey Anthony earlier this year. A majority (61%) felt the Florida woman was guilty of murdering her daughter, although a jury found her not guilty.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 5-6, 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.
ORSave 60% on 13 months of Rasmussen Reader service – Just $24.95! >Limited Time Discount Offer
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 $4.95 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.