Voters in Pennsylvania support the decision to fire Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier, according to poll released Friday morning.
Voters said by a slim 52-43 percent that the recent firing of Mr. Paterno was the right move, the Quinnipiac University poll said.
But by a much larger majority, 74-13 percent, voters support the firing of Mr. Spanier.
The men were among those who were dismissed in the recent sex scandal at PSU centered on former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The poll also showed that 65 percent of those polled believe football has too much influence at Penn State. Four percent said it has not enough influence and 25 percent said it has about the right amount of influence.
Voters said by 67-18 percent that would be a bad idea for Penn State to decline a bowl bid. The Nittany Lions will play the University of Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2 in Dallas.
"Clearly, the scandal has shaken the university to its foundations and may forever reshape its football program despite the clear indication from our polling that Pennsylvanians don't want the players or team penalized," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said.
From Nov. 28 through Monday, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,453 registered voters in the state with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
First Published December 9, 2011 5:00 AM