Quinnipiac Poll: Pennsylvanians Ready To Forgive Joe Paterno
A new Quinnipiac poll found that a solid majority (64 percent) support the settlement between the university and the NCAA that restored Paterno’s wins record. Paterno’s 111 wins from 1998 to 2011 had been removed from the record books following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
The support carried across all age groups and both genders, all topping 60%.
In addition, a majority (59 percent) believe the statue of Paterno should be restored to a place of prominence on the university campus, while a quarter do not. The statue stood near Beaver Stadium but was removed in July 2012, eight months after the scandal erupted.
Like with the settlement, there is little difference between the genders and across age groups about the statue. All support tops 50 percent.
“It appears time heals all wounds and legends get a second chance,” stated Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. “Joe Pa’s tarnished image may never be totally repaired, but Pennsylvanians seem to be in a forgiving mood.”
The Quinnipiac survey polled 1,023 Pennsylvania adults from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.