More than half of the young people who took part in a Boston Health Commission survey in Massachusetts feel Rihanna was to blame for her bust up with Chris Brown, for which the Kiss Kiss singer faces a five-year jail spell.
The alleged beating on 8 February (09) left Rihanna with a black eye and swelling, and turned Brown into a media target.
But the teenagers and 20-somethings asked for their opinion of what happened in Brown's rented Lamborghini voted to apportion the blame for the fight on Rihanna.
Reports suggest the singer flew into a rage after coming across a text message from a former lover of her boyfriend.
Brown allegedly punched his girlfriend while driving through Hollywood, threatening to kill the Umbrella hitmaker. The couple has since reconciled.
R&B star Brown has been charged with two felonies - one of assault likely to cause great bodily injury, and one of making criminal threats. He is due in court next month (Apr09).