Only 33% of Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, indicating a widespread belief in the conspiracy theories that have emerged in the aftermath of the sex offender’s death.
In a poll conducted by Emerson College, 1,458 registered voters responded that they were closely split among three possible explanations for Epstein’s death: 34% said they believe he was murdered, 33% said they believe he committed suicide, and 32% said they are unsure.
The results reflect the spread of conspiracy theories that have dominated discussion over the financier’s death that authorities have repeatedly dismissed.
Epstein was being held without bail at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center while awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking. His August 10 death prompted a federal investigation into the conditions at the jail. The FBI and the Justice Department also launched investigations into his death.