64%: Paterno, others should face criminal charges
Most Americans believe former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno and other one-time school officials should face criminal charges for not telling police of evidence of a sexual assault on a young boy.
Sixty-four percent said they should face criminal charges, 18% said there should not be criminal charges against them, and 18% expressed no opinion on the issue.
Seventy-one percent of women called for criminal charges against Paterno and the others, while 57% of men backed criminal charges.
Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky faces criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting at least eight young boys over several years. Pennsylvania authorities believe long-time Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and other school officials knew of evidence of at least one case in which Sandusky was allegedly witnessed sexually assaulting a young boy.
Our scientific telephone survey of 1,200 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 13, 2011 and has a margin of error of +/- 3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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