Smith trial

It's your call

December 09, 1991

More than two-thirds of callers to SUNDIAL say they are not watching live TV coverage of the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, but most say they have seen video footage on TV news shows.

Of 478 callers, 319, or 66.7 percent, say they are not watching the live trial, while 159 (33 percent) say they are. Of 476 callers, nearly 80 percent, or 379 callers, have seen TV news footage, and 97 callers (20 percent) say they haven't.

In a close vote, 239 of 468 callers, or 51 percent, say the identity of the alleged rape victim should be withheld, and 229 callers, nearly 49 percent, say it should be revealed.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

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