Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19405
 
Philadelphia Broadly Supports NCAA $60 Million Fine Against Penn State, Removal of Joe Paterno Statue, But Opposes Other Sanctions:

By a 3:1 margin, Philadelphia-area adults agree with the NCAA's decision to fine Penn State University $60 million, according to this SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WCAU-TV, NBC10 in Philadelphia. The other three aspects of the NCAA's sanctions are less popular:

* By 2:1, Philadelphia disagrees with the NCAA decision to vacate all of the University's football wins from 1999-2011.
* By 3:2, there is disagreement with the decision to reduce the number of scholarships for the team.
* By 5:4, there is disagreement with the NCAA's 4-year ban on post-season play. Penn State alumni and their immediate families are 10 points more likely than non-alumni to disagree with the post-season ban.

59% say the statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium should have been removed; 52% say the school library name should not be changed from Paterno Library. 64% say the university will be able to restore its reputation. Alumni are 21 points more likely than non-alumni to say Penn State's reputation will be restored.

 
1Today we'd like to ask you about some of the sanctions the NCAA has imposed on Penn State. First, a $60 million fine that will be used to establish an endowment to support nationwide programs that serve the victims of child sexual abuse. This amount is the equivalent of one year's gross revenue of the football team. Do you agree? Or disagree with this sanction?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Agree71%66%75%69%80%74%65%73%70%73%61%72%**76%71%69%73%69%69%71%72%
Disagree22%27%18%29%9%21%24%22%22%22%25%24%**20%22%27%18%24%25%21%22%
Not Sure7%6%7%1%11%6%11%5%8%5%14%4%**4%7%3%9%7%6%8%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
2Next. Penn State will be banned from all bowl games and any other postseason play for four years. Do you agree? Or disagree with this sanction?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Agree45%49%41%39%55%47%43%44%45%42%46%58%**38%47%44%44%47%44%49%45%
Disagree53%48%58%61%35%52%55%52%53%56%48%42%**61%51%55%53%51%53%50%53%
Not Sure2%3%2%0%10%1%2%3%1%2%6%0%**1%2%1%3%1%3%1%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
3Penn State must vacate all wins from 1998-2011. Do you agree? Or disagree with this sanction?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Agree32%35%29%27%40%36%29%32%33%29%30%58%**36%31%33%29%40%33%36%28%
Disagree65%61%68%70%55%63%67%65%65%68%65%42%**63%66%66%69%54%65%62%67%
Not Sure3%4%3%3%5%1%4%4%3%3%5%0%**0%3%1%2%6%2%2%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
4Penn State's football team will have its initial scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 per year for four years. Do you agree? Or disagree with this sanction?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Agree41%44%38%35%43%48%39%38%44%36%47%78%**41%41%37%45%43%43%40%44%
Disagree56%53%58%62%51%49%58%59%53%60%49%22%**57%55%61%51%53%56%57%48%
Not Sure3%3%4%2%6%4%3%3%3%4%3%0%**3%4%2%4%4%1%3%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
5Do you think Joe Paterno's statue outside of Beaver Stadium should? Or should not? Have been removed?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Should59%62%56%57%62%64%55%59%60%59%57%60%**62%57%56%55%72%53%61%67%
Should Not38%36%39%43%32%32%41%40%36%38%40%32%**37%39%42%41%24%45%36%28%
Not Sure3%2%5%0%5%5%4%2%4%3%3%8%**1%4%2%4%4%2%3%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
6Do you think the name of Penn State's library should? Or should not? Be changed from Paterno Library?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Should43%45%42%42%56%46%34%47%41%38%50%69%**40%42%35%46%51%34%44%52%
Should Not52%51%52%53%39%48%61%48%54%57%40%31%**57%52%62%51%38%65%51%40%
Not Sure5%4%6%4%6%6%5%5%5%5%10%0%**3%6%3%3%12%2%5%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
7Do you think Penn State will? Or will not be able to restore its reputation?
500 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RacePSU Alumni?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherYesNoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Will Restore64%70%58%59%63%69%64%60%67%66%57%65%**80%59%60%63%67%64%61%62%
Will Not25%23%27%29%30%24%20%29%22%24%30%19%**14%29%24%29%23%28%26%25%
Not Sure11%6%15%13%7%7%16%11%11%11%13%16%**6%12%16%7%10%7%13%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Following PSU Stories100%47%53%30%16%29%26%45%55%73%17%5%4%19%80%32%44%21%29%41%22%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.