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15% Say Professional Athletes Are Good Role Models for Kids

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Some professional athletes just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, and most Americans are noticing.

Just 15% of American Adults believe professional athletes are good role models for children, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-one percent (61%) say athletes are not good role models, while another 24% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 8-9, 2013 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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