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For Most, Pro Athletes Aren’t Criminals But Do Get Special Treatment

Most Americans don’t see more criminals in professional sports than in society at large but do think pro athletes get breaks from law enforcement that others don’t.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 17% of American Adults believe professional athletes are more likely to commit a crime than the average American. Just as many (16%) say they are less likely to do so. Fifty-one percent (51%) think the level of criminality among pro athletes is about the same as it is in the general population. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 23-24, 2019 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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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 23-24, 2019 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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