That’s the conclusion of the latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey, which found that Paterno still has a 49% favorable rating among Pennsylvanians.
29% have an unfavorable opinion of him while 21% are unsure.
PPP revealed that there is a heavy partisan lense to how one views Paterno.
For instance, among those who give Paterno a positive rating Trump leads Clinton 48% to 34%. On the other hand, among those who have a negative opinion of Paterno, Clinton leads Trump 50% to 33%.
Additionally, Romney voters (60/27) and Republicans (58/26) have a much better view of him than Obama voters (42/34) and Democrats (43/32).
The divide is starkest when you asked a respondent about their ideology.
56% of very conservative Pennsylvanians have a favorable view of Paterno. That drops to 53% for somewhat conservative and moderates, 43% for somewhat liberals and all the way down to 38% for very liberals.
It is not all ideological, however, as there are also large gender and race gaps as well.
Paterno has a plus thirty rating with men, 58-28, alongside a plus twelve rating with women, 42-30.
Meanwhile whites have a mostly positive view, 53% to 28%, while blacks are evenly divided, 31% to 31%.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,106 registered voters from June 3rd to 5th. 80% of participants, selected through a list based sample, responded via the phone, while 20% of respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet through an opt-in internet panel. The margin of error is +/- 3.0%.