March 25, 2011 - Ohio Voters Say Keep Coach Tressel, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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Ohio voters like their college football and their coach as 66 percent say they are fans of Ohio State football and 56 percent say they have a favorable opinion of coach Jim Tressel, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Of the 76 percent of voters who have read or heard anything about Tressel's alleged misconduct, 83 percent say he should not be fired and 56 percent say his punishment is sufficient, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Another 30 percent of voters who know about the allegations say Tressel got off easy.

"If Buckeye fans have anything to say about it, Jim Tressel has nothing to worry about. Perhaps losing to Michigan might hurt his popularity, but not the rules violations he has acknowledged," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

There is virtually no gap in support for Tressel across political lines, but among male Buckeye fans he has a 69 percent favorability rating and among women 43 percent, while 38 percent of women don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

There is only a small gender gap on the question of whether Tressel should be fired.

From March 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,384 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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 and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

26. Do you consider yourself a fan of the Ohio State football team or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  66%    71%    66%    63%    71%    62%    71%
No                   32     28     31     37     28     36     28
DK/NA                 2      1      3      1      1      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  65%    68%    69%    62%
No                   35     32     29     35
DK/NA                 -      -      2      3
 
 
27. Is your opinion of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            56%    58%    54%    55%    69%    43%    58%
Unfavorable          13     15      9     16     12     14     12
Hvn't hrd enough     27     23     31     26     15     38     26
REFUSED               4      3      5      3      3      5      4
 
                     OH STATE FANS....    AGE IN YEARS............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            71%    82%    59%    53%    62%    59%    51%
Unfavorable           8      6     10     14     10     13     15
Hvn't hrd enough     19     10     28     31     26     24     29
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      3      5      5
 
 
28. Have you heard or read anything about the allegations of misconduct by Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  76%    84%    75%    71%    84%    69%    81%
No                   23     16     24     28     16     30     19
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     OH STATE FANS....    AGE IN YEARS............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  80%    85%    76%    63%    77%    81%    78%
No                   19     15     24     37     23     17     20
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1      1      2
 
 
29. (If heard or read Q28) Do you think that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel's punishment was sufficient or do you think he got off easy?
                     HEARD OR READ OF ALLEGATIONS Q28..................
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Sufficient           56%    52%    61%    56%    60%    52%    56%
Got off easy         30     35     24     33     27     33     30
DK/NA                14     13     14     11     13     15     15
 
                     OH STATE FANS....    AGE IN YEARS............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Sufficient           66%    69%    63%    60%    57%    58%    51%
Got off easy         23     19     27     31     28     30     30
DK/NA                11     12     10      9     15     11     19
 
 
30. (If heard or read Q28) Do you think Jim Tressel should be fired for his alleged misconduct, or not?
                     HEARD OR READ OF ALLEGATIONS Q28..................
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  10%    11%     8%    13%     8%    13%    11%
No                   83     83     84     82     89     77     85
DK/NA                 6      6      8      5      3     10      4
 
                     OH STATE FANS....    AGE IN YEARS............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                   5%     4%     7%     9%     8%    12%    10%
No                   92     95     89     87     83     83     81
DK/NA                 3      2      4      4      8      5      9