70% Want Strong Action Against Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi Murder

Seventy percent (70%) of voters say the United States should take “strong action” against Saudi Arabia in response to news about slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that support for such action is equally high among both who strongly approve of President Trump and those who strongly disapprove of the president.

This is despite the fact that President Trump had warned against a rush to judgment in the case and critics attacked him for appearing to be too lenient on the Saudi regime.

Most voters (60%) say they are at least somewhat closely following the recent news stories about  That figure includes 26% who are following the stories very closely and 19% who are not following it closely at all.

The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted October 18-19, 2018 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.

It is important to note that the survey was completed before Khashoggi’s death had been confirmed.

More men (33%) than women (19%) say they’re following the story very closely. More older voters aged 65-plus than 18-34 year-old respondents say they’re following the story very closely by a 33% to 16% margin. And more Democrats (31%) than Republicans (24%) say they are following the story very closely (see question wording and crosstab results).

The relatively high level of engagement with the Khashoggi story should not be too much of a surprise considering the heavy coverage it has received in the news media. Following the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, most newspapers, cable news networks, and news websites began a long stretch of leading with and focusing on Khashoggi’s disappearance and eventually confirmed death.

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