65%: Sandusky did wrong
Jerry Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal, has spoken. He says he is innocent of sexual abuse charges against him, but he did admit to taking showers and “horsing around” with young boys. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you believe Sandusky is guilty of criminal wrongdoing?
Americans answered with a lopsided margin of 65% saying they believe Sandusky is guilty of criminal wrongdoing, 5% do not believe he is, 30% did not have an opinion on the Sandusky question.
Women, Republicans and Americans 65 and over believed Sandusky is guilty more than other groups we asked. Women chose guilty of criminal wrongdoing by 71% to 3%, 26% had no opinion. Republicans believe Sandusky is guilty of criminal wrongdoing by 72% to 6%, with 22% offering no opinion. Americans 65 and over said Sandusky did criminally wrong by 72% to 3%, 25% did not have an opinion.
Among men, 59% believe Sandusky is guilty of criminal wrongdoing, 7% do not believe he is, 34% had no opinion. Whites said Sandusky was criminally guilty of wrongdoing by 70% to 3%, 27% had no opinion. African-Americans also thought Sandusky was guilty of criminal wrongdoing by 56% to 7%, 38% did not have an opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,170 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 15, 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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