An overwhelming majority of Americans (80%) feel “Empire” actor and alleged hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett received “special treatment” after Chicago prosecutors abruptly dismissed all 16 felony charges against him for staging an attack, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
Just 10% think Smollett “has been punished enough,” Rasmussen reports.
The majority percentage rises among respondents who have been following the Smollett saga “Very Closely”:
“Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all Americans say they have been following recent news reports about Smollett and the decision to drop felony charges against him in Chicago, with 29% who have been following Very Closely,” writes Rasmussen. “Among those who have been following the story Very Closely, 89% think Smollett got special treatment from Chicago prosecutors.”
This sentiment is consistent across demographics, which Blacks (71%) just slightly less convinced than whites (83%) and other Americans who identify as minorities (77%).
Smollett was charged earlier this month on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a hate crime in Chicago.
The charges were thrown out by State Attorney Kim Foxx, who had previously recused herself from the investigation citing a conflict of interest because of her connections, as MRCTV reported.
The media attempted to paint Smollett as a victim after the charges against him were dropped, though most Americans clearly dismiss that depiction.
The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted March 31-April 1 and has a margin sampling error of 3 percentage points.