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Poll: 66 Percent of Americans Have Unfavorable View of Cosby

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 02:56 PM

In light of the sexual assault allegations surrounding Bill Cosby, Americans' view of the comedian is starting to take a plunge, according the new poll.

Only 21 percent of Americans now say they have a favorable view of Cosby, which is a 21 point drop from November, after the news of the allegations first broke, according to a survey by Rasmussen Reports taken from July 16-19 of 1,000 American adults.

By contrast, 66 percent of Americans now have an unfavorable view of the comedian, which is nearly double the 36 percent who used to have an unfavorable view of Cosby. Thirty-six percent now say they have a very unfavorable view of "The Cosby Show" star.

Despite his falling favorability rating, 45 percent of Americans do not think President Barack Obama should revoke Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom that he was given in 2002. Thirty-four percent said the medal should be revoked.

When asked about it during a press conference last week, Obama said that while "any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape" there is no "mechanism" in place for revoking the award.

More than two dozen women claim that Cosby drugged and raped them. While the actor denies sexually assaulting women and has not been charged with a crime, he admitted in a deposition 10 years ago that he did give Quaaludes to women with whom he intended to have sex.

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