Seven in ten people in Britain think the BBC covered up allegations of sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile. Over a third (32%) say their trust in the BBC has decreased, while 41% say they still trust the BBC, according to a YouGov poll for The Sun.
The poll of 1,758 people aged 18+ carried out this month also reveals that 66% of the public think the BBC has handled the Savile situation badly, and over two-thirds (68%) say that Newsnight was wrong not to report the claims against the late BBC DJ. 34% believe that others at the BBC were involved in similar behaviour at the time.
Meanwhile, public opinion is divided on whether BBC Director-General George Entwistle should resign over the scandal: 29% say he should resign, 33% believe he should stay in his post and 38% are not sure.
Commenting on the results, YouGov Director of Political and Social Research Joe Twyman said:
“Earlier this week BBC Director-General George Entwistle said that trust in the BBC had been ‘shaken’ by the allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile, however, on the basis of these results, ‘shattered’ might have been a better description. History tells us that before any organisation can start the process of regaining the public’s trust they need to draw a line under things. This may be difficult for the BBC at the moment, given over a third suspect this type of behaviour was a wider incident that involved others at the BBC at the time. This perception, while it lasts, could prevent the organisation from moving on in the eyes of the public.”