Rasmussen: 78% Say Athletes Not Held To Same Standards As Other Students

The killing of a University of Virginia female lacrosse player by a member of the male lacrosse team with a problematic past is the latest violent incident involving a college athlete to capture the public’s attention. It raises questions, too, about whether the woman’s death could have been avoided.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that an overwhelming majority (78%) of Americans say colleges and universities give athletes special preference rather than hold them to the same academic and behavior standards as other students. Only eight percent (8%) feel the opposite is true, while 13% are not sure.

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