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71% of Americans View Charlie Sheen Unfavorably

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Charlie Sheen:  “Winning” or not?  Most Americans don’t believe he is.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 16% of Adults have a favorable opinion of Charlie Sheen.  Seventy-one percent (71%) have an unfavorable impression of the “Two and a Half Men” star.  These findings include four percent (4%) who have a Very Favorable opinion of Sheen and 42% who have a Very Unfavorable view of him. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Although headlines of Sheen’s antics are dominating the news, only 35% of Americans are following these stories at least somewhat closely.  Most (63%) are not following these news reports closely.  These figures include 11% who are following Very Closely and 16% who are not following the stories at all.

Among those adults who are following these stories closely, 57% support the producers of “Two and a Half Men” most in their dispute with Sheen.  Eighteen percent (18%) support Sheen more than the producers, but 20% more say they support neither. 

The sitcom’s producers canceled the remainder of the hit show’s season following multiple interviews during which Sheen insulted the show’s creator.

Younger adults ages 18 to 29 are more supportive of Sheen than their elders.  But a majority of adults across the demographic board side with the producers in this battle.

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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.

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