Poll shows widespread support for running of Pittsburgh Marathon

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Despite the recent bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a poll released this morning shows overwhelming support to continue with the running of the May 5 Pittsburgh Marathon, and most of those polled believe the event will be safe.

The Quinnipiac University Poll of likely voters in Pennsylvania says by 94-5 percent that the Pittsburgh Marathon should be run and by an 89-5 percent margin that the event will be safe.

Voters say by 88-11 percent that if they were planning to run in the Pittsburgh Marathon, or attend it in person, they still would do so.

Quinnipiac poll: Most feel Pittsburgh Marathon will be safe

A new Quinnipiac University poll indicates nearly 90 percent of respondents believe the Pittsburgh Marathon will be a safe event despite the bombings in Boston. (Video courtesy of Quinnipiac; 4/26/2013)

The poll shows, however, that 36 percent of Pennsylvania voters are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or a family member will become a victim of a terrorist attack.

Voters say by 78-20 percent that the Boston Marathon attacks do not make them less likely to attend large events. Large events are generally well-protected, voters say by 68-27 percent.

Pennsylvania voters approve 59-35 percent of the way President Barack Obama is handling terrorism. Republicans disapprove, 63-32 percent. Gov. Tom Corbett was given a 32-18 percent approval rating for his handling of terrorism, but 50 percent are undecided.

"Despite the Boston Marathon bombings, Pennsylvanians are not running scared," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "There is some concern about terrorism, but overwhelmingly voters seem determined that fear will not stop them from enjoying marathons, ball games and other big events."

From April 19 through Wednesday, Quinnipiac University pollsters surveyed 1,235 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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First Published April 26, 2013 10:30 AM


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