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Poll Says Pennsylvanians Want to See Paterno Statue Restored

This is the statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno that stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., in this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015 said the majority — 59 percent to 25 percent — favored restoring the statue to a prominent place on campus. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
This is the statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno that stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., in this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015 said the majority — 59 percent to 25 percent — favored restoring the statue to a prominent place on campus. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A poll says Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly want Penn State to put back a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno that was removed after Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation conviction.

The Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll released Wednesday said the majority — 59 percent to 25 percent — favored restoring the statue to a prominent place on campus.

Pennsylvanians also strongly support a recent deal between Penn State and the NCAA that restored 112 wins to the football team and Paterno’s status as winningest coach in major college football.

Paterno’s statue outside Beaver Stadium was removed in July 2012, shortly before the university and the NCAA entered into a consent decree that invalidated the wins, fined the school $60 million and temporarily took away some football scholarships.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,023 residents between Jan. 22 and Feb. 1. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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