Poll: Rolling Stone Cover 'Inappropriate'

07/20/2013 09:23 am ET
AP

Most Americans think Rolling Stone's "The Bomber" cover featuring accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is inappropriate, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

By a 65 percent to 15 percent margin, respondents to the poll, who were shown the cover image before answering questions about it, said that the cover was inappropriate. And 51 percent said that the cover glorifies Tsarnaev's actions, while another 26 percent said it did not, and 23 percent said they weren't sure.

Several retail chains have announced they won't sell Rolling Stone's issue on their newsstands, and both Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) have criticized the cover. One Boston resident has launched a campaign to publicly burn copies of the magazine.

Fewer than half of respondents -- 47 percent -- said they would support a boycott (including 32 percent who said they would strongly support it), while 32 percent were opposed. Twenty percent said they weren't sure.

Although only a small number of respondents said that they subscribe to or regularly read Rolling Stone, those who said they did were not substantially different in their responses from those who said they did not.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted July 17-18 among 1,000 adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling.

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