March 16, 2012 - Pennsylvania Voters Say Name Stadium For Paterno, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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Pennsylvania voters support 46 - 40 percent renaming Penn State's Beaver Stadium "Joe Paterno Stadium," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

College football fans support the renaming 55 - 37 percent while non-fans are opposed 44 - 37 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Voters over 65 years old support the renaming 51 - 32 percent.

"There is lingering respect for Joe Paterno," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"One has to wonder: If the Sandusky scandal had never happened whether support for renaming the stadium would have approached 100 percent."

From March 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 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.
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43. How interested are you in following college football; very interested, somewhat interested, or not interested at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very interested      19%    21%    17%    20%    26%    14%
Smwht interested     33     36     33     30     38     28
Not interested       47     43     50     49     36     58
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Very interested      25%    17%    14%    14%    25%    27%    17%    20%    22%
Smwht interested     32     33     29     37     35     33     30     36     35
Not interested       43     49     57     49     40     40     52     44     42
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      1      -      1
 
TREND: How interested are you in following college football; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     Mar 15  Dec 09
                     2012    2011
 
Very interested      19      19
Smwht interested     33      34
Not at all           47      46
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
44. Do you think Beaver Stadium, the Penn State football team's home field, should be renamed Joe Paterno Stadium, or don't you think so?
                                                               INTEREST COLLEGE 
                                                               FOOTBALL Q43.....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Very/Smwt     Not
                                                                                
Yes                  46%    52%    44%    46%    48%    45%    55%           37%
No                   40     36     41     41     42     39     37            44 
DK/NA                13     11     15     13     10     16      8            20 
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  44%    47%    48%    47%    47%    46%    42%    49%    51%
No                   41     40     39     40     44     40     46     38     32
DK/NA                15     13     13     13      9     14     12     13     17
 

Demographic Summary