NEW BRUNSWICK – More than three-quarters of New Jersey residents heard a lot about the trial of Dharun Ravi while only three percent heard nothing about it, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Just over half of New Jersey residents (51 percent) believe Ravi’s sentence for bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in the Tyler Clementi case was “not tough enough,” according to the poll. Thirty-nine percent think Ravi got “the sentence he deserves,” seven percent believe the punishment was “too tough,” and four percent are unsure.
Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail, three years probation, community service and a fine for using a webcam to spy on Clementi, who was his roommate at Rutgers. Ravi could have been sentenced up to 10 years in prison.
“Virtually everyone had heard about the case and has an opinion on it,” said Poll director David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers. “The case gripped New Jersey and the country, and the sentencing has generated strong opinions. In the end New Jerseyans agree with a recent statement by Tyler Clementi’s parents that Dharun Ravi’s sentence is not enough.”
Results are from a poll of 1,191 adults conducted statewide among both landline and cell phone households from May 31-June 4. The sample has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.
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