Thirty-six percent (36%) of U.S. Adults believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 30% believe the notorious villain was murdered and 34% are not sure.
In fact, some aren’t convinced Epstein is even dead. Nine percent (9%) say it is Very Likely Epstein faked his death and escaped prison. Another 10% believe that is somewhat likely.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of white Americans believe Epstein committed suicide. That view is shared by just 29% of black Americans and 25% of Hispanic Americans. Liberals (44%) are more likely than conservatives (34%) or moderates (33%) to accept the official explanation of suicide (see crosstab results).
The lack of confidence in the official storyline is no doubt generated by the extraordinary circumstances of Epstein’s unusual connections with rich and influential figures around the world. It is also fueled by a generations long distrust of the federal government. It has now been nearly half-a-century since most Americans trusted the federal government most of the time.
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The national survey of 1,075 Adults was conducted August 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.0 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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