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Voters Don't Agree With Decision to Free Manning

Friday, May 26, 2017

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing classified government documents to the website WikiLeaks, was released from prison earlier this month after President Obama commuted her sentence as one of his final presidential actions. But few voters view Manning favorably and most disagree with Obama’s parting decision.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters hold at least a somewhat favorable view of Manning, formerly known as Bradley, including just seven percent (7%) with a Very Favorable view. Most voters (53%) have an unfavorable opinion of Manning, including 32% with a Very Unfavorable one. Still, 22% don’t know enough about her to venture an opinion. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 21-22, 2017 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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