86 Percent: College Student Accused of Rape Should Have Right to Defend

May 24, 2024: Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters believe that a college student accused of rape should have the right to defend himself and tell his side of the story. A Scott Rasmussen national survey conducted by RMG Research found that just 10% say he should be disciplined because of the accusation.

Voters are divided about whether the bigger problem is victims being afraid to speak up (44%) or people being falsely accused of sexual assault (36%). Forty-six percent (46%) say that an alleged victim should be allowed to offer her testimony in a separate room, while 43% say she should be required to testify at an in-person hearing.


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