N.J. payouts draw disapproval

Posted: April 26, 2013

New Jersey voters disagree with the decision to provide "large cash payouts" to former Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice, athletic director Tim Pernetti, and interim general counsel John Wolf when they left the school in the wake of the basketball scandal this month, a new poll finds.

While a majority of poll respondents supported the decision to fire Rice, only 7 percent approved of the payouts, including Rice's $475,000 settlement. Sixty-four percent of respondents disagreed with the payouts. Respondents were split on whether Robert L. Barchi, the school's president, should keep his job: 25 percent said he should, 29 percent said he shouldn't, and 42 percent had no opinion.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,112 registered New Jersey voters last Friday through Monday by land line and cell phones. It has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. - Jonathan Lai

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