April 25, 2013 - New Jersey Voters Disapprove Of Rutgers Payouts, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Boston Bombing Will Not Keep Voters Away From Events

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New Jersey voters disapprove 64 - 7 percent of the large payouts to Rutgers University officials who left the university in the wake of the scandal involving the men's basketball coach, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters are divided on the future of Rutgers President Robert Barchi, as 25 percent say he should be fired, while 29 percent say he should not be fired, with 42 percent undecided, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Disapproval of the cash payments ranges from 55 - 13 percent among voters in urban areas to 69 - 6 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 60 - 11 percent while women disapprove 68 - 4 percent.

There are no large differences among groups on Dr. Barchi's future, except for Democrats, where 30 percent say he should be fired and 26 percent say he should not be fired. Black voters also say 30 - 16 that Barchi should go.

New Jersey voters approve 62 - 12 percent of the decision to fire Mike Rice. Republicans approve 51 - 15 percent while Democrats support the firing 69 - 6 percent.

"Were those big Rutgers payouts to the ousted trio a reward for bad behavior? They attracted a lot of criticism as the news trickled out, and two thirds of New Jersey voters tell Quinnipiac University they were a bad decision," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

New Jersey voters say 73 - 24 percent that they will continue to attend large events in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. The commitment to large events is 67 percent or higher among every group.

A total of 49 percent of voters are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or a family member will become a victim of a terrorist attack, with 50 percent who are "not too worried" or "not worried at all."

A total of 55 percent of woman are "very" or "somewhat" worried, compared to 42 percent of men.

New Jersey voters approve 68 - 27 percent of the way President Barack Obama is handling terrorism, with only Republicans disapproving 59 - 35 percent.

Gov. Christopher Christie gets a 67 - 10 percent approval rating for handling terror, with approval of 56 percent or higher from every group except black voters who approve 48 - 22 percent.

"After the Boston Marathon bombing, New Jersey voters have some concerns about their own safety, but they give President Barack Obama and Gov. Christopher Christie good marks on combating terrorism.

From April 19 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,112 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              68%    35%    90%    70%    68%    69%    64%    85%
Disapprove           27     59      6     25     29     25     33     11
DK/NA                 5      7      3      5      4      6      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              74%    64%    67%    67%    73%    70%    68%    68%
Disapprove           22     29     28     28     24     24     29     25
DK/NA                 4      6      5      5      2      6      3      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              75%    74%    64%    61%    62%
Disapprove           21     21     33     34     31
DK/NA                 4      5      4      6      7
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              67%    78%    62%    67%    72%    63%    72%    48%
Disapprove           10      5     16      8      8     11      7     22
DK/NA                23     18     23     24     20     25     22     29
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              67%    68%    63%    70%    71%    69%    70%    64%
Disapprove            5     13     17     10      4     14     10      9
DK/NA                27     20     20     20     24     17     20     28
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              67%    69%    71%    56%    73%
Disapprove           10      9      6     16      8
DK/NA                23     22     23     28     20
 
 
26. How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of a terrorist attack: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very worried         15%    16%    15%    13%    11%    18%    13%    21%
Somewhat worried     34     38     31     34     31     37     36     20
Not too worried      33     28     35     36     36     31     32     37
Not worried at all   17     18     18     16     23     13     18     21
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very worried          7%    20%    22%    18%     6%    16%    15%    15%
Somewhat worried     33     35     36     31     35     28     38     33
Not too worried      39     29     27     35     38     35     31     35
Not worried at all   20     15     14     16     20     21     16     17
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very worried         21%    17%     6%    14%    14%
Somewhat worried     28     34     31     40     35
Not too worried      30     34     38     28     37
Not worried at all   21     15     24     18     14
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1
 
TREND: How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of a terrorist attack: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Apr 25  Sep 26
                     2013    2001
 
Very worried         15      15
Smwht worried        34      39
Not too worried      33      29
Not worried at all   17      16
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
27. Do the Boston Marathon bombings make you less likely to attend large events, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Less likely      24%    24%    23%    24%    21%    26%    22%    25%
No                   73     73     74     74     76     71     76     72
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      2      3      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Less likely      16%    29%    29%    22%    17%    27%    21%    24%
No                   81     68     67     76     81     70     76     73
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      3      2      2      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes/Less likely      16%    22%    25%    31%    26%
No                   84     74     70     67     73
DK/NA                 -      4      6      2      1
 
 
28. Have you heard or read anything about the controversy surrounding the Rutgers men's basketball coach, Mike Rice, who was recently fired?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  87%    88%    83%    90%    89%    85%    90%    86%
No                   12     11     15      9     11     13      9     12
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      -      2      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  97%    80%    75%    93%    95%    78%    87%    89%
No                    3     18     23      7      5     20     13      9
DK/NA                 1      2      2      -      -      2      -      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  93%    85%    91%    86%    81%
No                    6     13      9     13     17
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      2
 
 
29. Do you think Coach Rice should or should not have been fired, or don't you have an opinion about that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               62%    51%    69%    64%    61%    63%    65%    71%
Should not           12     15      6     14     14      9     11      3
No opinion           25     31     22     21     23     26     24     22
DK/NA                 2      3      2      1      2      2      1      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Should               71%    56%    52%    64%    71%    54%    61%    65%
Should not           12     11     12     16     10     14     12     10
No opinion           16     30     33     17     18     31     24     22
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      1      1      2      2
 
                                          Philly        HEARD/READ Q28
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
Should               65%    62%    69%    66%    50%    71%     2%
Should not           11     12     10     10     15     13      4
No opinion           23     22     21     24     34     16     82
DK/NA                 1      4      -      -      2      1     11
 
 
30. Do you think Rutgers President Robert Barchi should or should not be fired, or don't you have an opinion about that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               25%    22%    30%    24%    28%    23%    25%    30%
Should not           29     28     26     32     34     25     32     16
No opinion           42     47     40     41     35     49     40     44
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      3      3      2      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Should               27%    24%    22%    27%    28%    25%    24%    25%
Should not           37     24     20     32     40     24     28     32
No opinion           34     48     53     37     31     51     43     39
DK/NA                 2      4      5      3      2      -      4      4
 
                                          Philly        HEARD/READ Q28
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
Should               23%    26%    26%    25%    24%    29%     1%
Should not           27     29     40     24     26     33      5
No opinion           50     40     32     47     46     36     85
DK/NA                 -      5      2      4      3      2      9
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the large cash payouts to the Rutgers coach, athletic director and counsel when they left after the scandal, or don't you have an opinion about that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve               7%     8%     6%     6%    11%     4%     7%     5%
Disapprove           64     64     62     69     60     68     68     55
No opinion           26     25     29     23     26     27     23     33
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      4      2      1      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              10%     5%     4%     6%    11%     6%     8%     7%
Disapprove           67     62     63     67     65     57     62     68
No opinion           20     30     30     23     22     36     28     22
DK/NA                 2      3      3      3      2      2      3      3
 
                                          Philly        HEARD/READ Q28
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
Approve              13%     7%     7%     5%     3%     8%     -
Disapprove           55     64     65     67     67     69     35
No opinion           29     26     23     26     28     21     61
DK/NA                 3      2      5      2      2      2      5
 
 

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