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17% Say Lance Armstrong Guilty of Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

Monday, June 25, 2012

Seven-time Tour de France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong is again facing charges that he used banned performance-enhancing substances during his improbable championship run. However, most Americans view the cyclist favorably, and a sizable number think he is not guilty of using those drugs.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 17% believe Armstrong is guilty of taking illegal drugs to improve his athletic performance. Thirty-nine percent (39%) don’t think Armstrong took illegal drugs to enhance his performance, but a substantial 44% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 20-21, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.

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