Fewer Than Half Knew Facts of Rittenhouse Case

When asked whether 6 statements about the Kyle Rittenhouse statement were true, fewer than half gave the correct answer to any of the six. A Scott Rasmussen national survey generally found that those who got their news from CNN were more likely to give a wrong answer than Fox viewers.

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Question 1:

Please let me know if each of the following statements are true or false:

The people shot by Rittenhouse were Black men.

27%    True 

46%    False

26%    Not sure

The people shot and killed by Rittenhouse were unarmed.

32%    True

45%    False

23%    Not sure

One of the men who was shot pointed a gun at Rittenhouse’s head.

48%    True

16%    False

36%    Not sure

Rittenhouse had no connection to Kenosha, where the shootings occurred.

35%    True

31%    False

34%    Not sure

Rittenhouse illegally carried a gun across state lines.

39%    True

31%    False

29%    Not sure

The protests and riots in Kenosha were caused by the police shooting and killing of an unarmed Black man.

50%    True

16%    False 

34%    Not sure

Question 2:

How do you rate the way that the news media covered the Rittenhouse case?

14%    Excellent

20%    Good

20%    Fair

32%    Poor

13%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 22-23, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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