What would you do?
As the Penn State child sex abuse scandal continues to unfold, there was a reported development for which we wanted America’s opinion. Penn State football assistant coach Mike McQueary is said to have witnessed the accused, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulting a child in the shower of a Penn State locker room. McQueary is reported to have told higher ups what he saw. However, just weeks after the alleged assault, McQueary played in a charity flag football game in which Sandusky coached. Mcqueary also appeared in a golfing event for Sandusky’s Second Mile program and at football camps where Sandusky was present.
Our question is this, if you had witnessed an adult sexually assaulting a child would you ever later attend a social event where that adult was present? In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 75% said no they would not, 8% sad yes they would, 17% had no opinion.
Men and women saw almost eye to eye on the question. Among women, 77% said they would not attend the social event, 7% said they would, 16% offered no opinion. Men mostly agreed with 74% saying they would not attend a social event where the adult they saw assault a child was present, 9% said they would, 19% did not have an opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,174 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 1, 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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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs-Child sexual assault
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