Quinnipiac: 52% OK with Paterno firing

Dec. 9, 2011 at 5:34 PM
| License Photo

HAMDEN, Conn., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- More than half of Pennsylvania voters surveyed supported the firing of Penn State head football Coach Joe Paterno, a Quinnipiac University poll indicated.

The poll released Friday by the Hamden, Conn., school also indicated nearly three-quarters of those queried supported the firing of university President Graham Spanier in the handling of sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky is facing charges he molested 10 boys he met through a charity he founded. Some of the alleged abuse occurred on university grounds.

The Quinnipiac poll indicated 52 percent of those queried said the firing of Paterno was the right thing to do while 43 percent said they opposed the action. On the firing of Spanier, the result was 74 percent in favor and 13 percent against.

Sixty-five percent said football has too much influence at Penn State and 48 percent said the school should compensate the victims if Sandusky is convicted.

The poll was conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 5 and surveyed 1,453 registered voters. The margin of error was 2.6 percentage points.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Pierre-Paul could have nerve damage from Fourth accident
Earnhardt wins as Dillon crashes at Daytona finish
Dallas Mavericks near deal with PG Lin
Los Angeles Lakers sign G Williams
Lynn, Pham carry St. Louis Cardinals past San Diego Padres