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Americans Turn on Cosby

As more damning evidence is released regarding Bill Cosby’s history of alleged sexual assaults, Americans have a much more negative view of the legendary comedian but stop short of calling for his Presidential Medal of Freedom to be revoked.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of American Adults now have a favorable impression of Cosby. That’s a 21-point drop from last November when the assault allegations first made news. Sixty-six percent (66%) now view Cosby unfavorably, up from 36% in the earlier survey. The latest findings include seven percent (7%) with a Very Favorable opinion of the former “The Cosby Show” star and 36% with a Very Unfavorable opinion. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 16 and 19, 2015 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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