Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18730
 
1Are you following news stories out of Penn State University?
800 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes64%72%57%48%62%80%78%55%79%68%49%38%**67%66%61%78%61%71%66%56%50%69%75%59%66%68%61%61%
No32%25%39%51%32%19%18%42%18%30%47%50%**29%32%37%20%36%26%32%39%47%26%24%33%32%31%34%34%
Not Sure3%2%4%1%6%1%4%3%3%3%4%11%**4%2%2%2%3%3%2%5%4%4%1%8%2%1%5%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%30%21%18%61%39%85%5%6%4%41%25%33%20%74%39%40%15%35%36%29%19%79%49%35%16%
 
 
2Which of these 3 statements do you most agree with: Penn State did what it could to prevent crimes against children. Penn State looked the other way, and could have done more. Penn State actively enabled Jerry Sandusky to commit crimes against children.
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Did What It Could7%10%5%10%7%5%8%8%6%7%******8%4%9%4%8%8%8%1%7%10%6%8%7%6%7%13%
Looked The Other Way64%66%62%75%53%67%63%63%65%65%******62%67%64%67%63%61%67%63%64%62%66%70%64%63%67%60%
Enabled Sandusky27%22%32%13%38%26%27%27%26%26%******27%28%25%27%27%28%23%35%27%27%25%21%27%28%25%26%
Not Sure2%3%1%2%2%3%1%2%2%2%******3%1%2%2%2%2%2%1%2%1%3%1%2%3%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
3 Should the University Board of Directors have allowed Joe Paterno to coach this Saturday's football game?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes31%33%28%25%36%28%33%31%30%31%******35%25%31%28%33%28%34%32%39%28%27%33%30%27%33%38%
No61%60%63%64%59%64%59%61%62%60%******60%65%59%67%59%67%55%61%53%63%67%55%62%64%59%61%
Not Sure8%7%8%11%5%7%8%8%8%8%******5%10%10%5%8%4%12%7%8%9%6%11%7%9%9%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
4Should assistant Coach Mike McQueary be allowed on the sidelines for this Saturday's football game?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes21%23%19%16%27%19%21%22%20%21%******20%25%19%20%22%25%16%25%21%22%20%25%20%19%24%22%
No60%62%58%63%61%56%61%62%58%60%******63%58%57%64%59%59%61%63%57%62%59%54%61%60%63%55%
Not Sure19%15%23%21%12%25%18%16%22%19%******16%17%24%16%18%17%23%12%21%16%21%20%18%21%13%23%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
5Which of these statements do you agree with more: Mike McQueary helped expose criminal activity? Or, Mike McQueary participated in the cover-up of criminal activity?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Helped Expose31%36%25%32%32%34%25%32%30%30%******32%33%27%25%32%30%32%26%29%35%27%36%29%32%28%33%
Participated In Cover-up53%50%58%60%54%45%55%57%50%54%******50%52%59%57%53%53%52%60%55%50%56%43%56%49%60%53%
Not Sure16%15%17%8%15%21%20%11%21%16%******18%15%14%19%15%17%16%14%16%15%17%21%15%19%11%14%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
6Which of these statements do you agree with more: Joe Paterno is a scapegoat, Or, Joe Paterno participated in the cover-up of criminal activity?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Scapegoat32%39%25%33%31%32%33%32%33%33%******38%30%28%35%31%34%32%28%35%33%30%39%30%32%31%36%
Participated In Cover-up60%54%67%62%64%56%56%63%56%59%******56%64%61%61%60%58%60%60%57%60%62%55%61%58%64%58%
Not Sure8%7%9%5%4%12%10%5%11%8%******6%7%11%4%9%7%8%12%8%7%8%5%8%10%5%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
7Based on what you know, will Joe Paterno be charged with a crime?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes13%12%14%10%16%13%11%13%12%13%******11%16%12%13%12%11%13%15%14%11%13%13%12%12%12%17%
No69%73%65%83%65%66%64%73%65%70%******74%64%67%67%71%70%69%70%67%70%71%70%69%66%74%70%
Not Sure18%16%21%7%19%21%25%14%23%17%******15%19%21%21%17%19%18%15%19%19%17%17%19%22%14%14%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
8The Second Mile is an organization where Jerry Sandusky worked. Based on what you know, did others at the Second Mile know all along about Jerry Sandusky's behavior? Or did they just find out?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Knew All Along29%27%33%29%28%28%33%29%30%30%******39%26%20%34%30%32%28%27%38%29%24%31%29%30%28%30%
Just Found Out23%24%21%8%32%25%22%22%24%24%******22%23%23%16%25%24%21%22%21%26%21%27%23%21%23%27%
Not Sure48%49%46%63%40%46%45%50%46%46%******39%51%57%50%45%44%51%51%42%45%55%42%48%49%49%43%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
9Based on what you know, will any officials at the Second Mile be charged with a crime?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes16%18%13%9%21%12%21%16%16%17%******20%15%10%20%15%18%14%16%19%12%16%13%16%14%16%20%
No34%35%34%34%32%37%35%33%36%34%******37%35%30%28%38%35%35%29%35%39%29%44%33%35%31%39%
Not Sure50%47%53%57%46%52%45%51%49%49%******42%49%61%52%47%47%52%55%46%49%55%43%51%51%53%42%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
10Should the Second Mile be allowed to continue to operate? Or should the Second Mile be shut down?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Continue To Operate35%41%28%41%36%37%23%38%31%34%******32%44%31%32%36%32%34%45%31%38%33%32%34%38%29%38%
Shut Down37%36%37%28%43%29%45%37%36%36%******42%30%35%40%36%42%31%32%41%39%31%38%37%38%33%39%
Not Sure29%23%35%31%20%34%31%25%33%30%******26%26%35%29%28%26%35%23%28%23%36%30%29%24%38%24%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
11Would you know where to go in the event you or someone you know were sexually abused?
516 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeCatholic?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes86%88%84%88%88%88%80%88%85%88%******83%85%92%91%85%86%85%93%79%87%92%76%88%88%85%83%
No8%7%9%12%8%4%9%10%6%8%******11%9%4%5%9%9%9%4%12%9%5%14%7%8%9%9%
Not Sure6%4%7%0%4%8%10%2%9%5%******7%6%4%4%6%6%5%3%10%5%3%9%5%4%6%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%55%45%23%28%27%22%52%48%89%4%3%3%43%26%31%25%69%43%42%13%27%39%34%18%81%51%33%16%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.