52% Believe Covington High School Students Behaved Inappropriately

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters have been following recent news stories about an encounter between some high school students and a Native American elder. Among those following the story, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 52% believe the students behaved inappropriately.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of those following the story think the students involved should face consequences for their behavior including the possibility of expulsion from school.

The survey also found that 52% believe that the media behaved inappropriately and 32% say the same of the Native American elder.

Thirty-two percent (32%) believe the students initiated the encounter while 26% believe it was the Native American elder. Twenty-three percent (23%) say neither side initiated the encounter and 20% are not sure.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Democrats believe the students behaved inappropriately along with 54% of Independents and 25% of Republicans following the story.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans believe the national news media behaved inappropriately along with 46% of Indpendents and 36% of Democrats following the story.

The survey also found that 18% of all voters believe it is fair to assume that anybody wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) hat is racist. Seventy-one percent (71%) disagree and 12% are not sure.

Among Democrats, 31% believe anybody wearing a MAGA hat is racist. Forty-four percent (44%) of black voters hold that view along with 26% of Hispanic voters and 11% of white voters (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted January 22-23, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

The sample included 599 respondents who are following news of the incident. Results based upon this sample have a +/- 4.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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