Majority of Pennsylvanians Disagree with Statue Decision

Joe Paterno still has support in Pennsylvania, Public Policy Polling found, but it has declined in the last several months.

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno receives congratulations from university president Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley on Oct. 29, 2011, after the Lions beat Illinois 10-7 giving Paterno his 409th career win, making him the all-time wins leader in Division I football, surpassing former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. July 23, 2012 the NCAA announced sanctions against Penn State vacating their 1998-2011 season, thus stripping Paterno of 111 wins and dropping him to 12th on the college football wins list. Paterno died January 22nd of lung cancer.

Penn State coach Paterno, who was fired in November over the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, died in January. He was accused in the university-ordered Freeh Report of helping to cover upthe crimes of Sandusky, his former assistant coach.

PPP found that 45 percent of Pennsylvania voters see Paterno favorably, 37 percent negatively. He was at 51 percent favorable, 28 percent not, in November.

Also, the poll found that 48 percent of state voters disagreed with Penn State’s decision to remove the Paterno statue from outside of Beaver Stadium Sunday morning. Thirty-five percent agreed.

Fifty percent of voters in the state express a favorable opinion of the university as a whole; 31% who see it negatively, the poll said.

PPP surveyed 758 Pennsylvania voters July 21-23. The margin of error for the survey is +/-3.56 percent. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews


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