Poll: Americans don’t believe Saudis on Khashoggi

It is a story most Americans are aware of (nearly eight in ten say they have heard at least something about the case), and they overwhelmingly believe the Saudi government was responsible for the killing. That belief is shared by both Democrats and Republicans.

Hardly anyone accepts one recent official Saudi explanations for Khashoggi’s disappearance after he entered the Consulate to procure a document he needed for his impending marriage – that he was killed in a fist fight that began during an interrogation in the Consulate. Only 6% believe that claim, and ten times that many (60%) don’t believe it. Republicans and Democrats agree on this, though Republicans are somewhat more willing to give the Saudis the benefit of the doubt.