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Survey says 90% of Americans believe Astros players should be punished for cheating scandal

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, the Houston Astros celebrate with the trophy after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of baseball's World Series in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council wants Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles and award the trophies to the Dodgers. The resolution was introduced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, after it was revealed that the Astros used a system by then-coach Alex Cora in 2017 to tip off batters on what pitch was to be thrown.  (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, the Houston Astros celebrate with the trophy after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of baseball's World Series in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council wants Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles and award the trophies to the Dodgers. The resolution was introduced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, after it was revealed that the Astros used a system by then-coach Alex Cora in 2017 to tip off batters on what pitch was to be thrown. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – New research finds that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the players involved in the Houston Astros cheating scandal should be punished for their actions.

According to the survey, 90% of Americans say that players on the team who broke the rules should be punished. There was a slight variation among gender, with 94% of women in agreement and 86% of men in agreement.

On the issue of holding Astros leadership accountable, less than half (48%) of Americans say the punishments handed down to leadership will result in changing player behavior.

But, 74% say that the leadership punishments indeed will motivate changes to the organizational culture that enabled the cheating.

When it comes to the role of whistleblowers in outing bad behavior, 86% of Americans are in favor of employers strengthening whistleblower programs to encourage early identification of problems.

These findings are from a national poll of Americans conducted by Eagle Hill Consulting.

A full summary of the survey can be found here.

The survey was conducted online on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 and included more than 1,000 respondents from a random sample of American adults across the United States.