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Lance Armstrong’s Positive, Negative Image Split, Poll Says

Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his cycling titles after teammates claimed he used performance enhancing drugs, still has a positive image among 37 percent of people questioned in a Seton Hall Sports Poll.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a 202-page summary of its investigation of Armstrong on Oct. 10, saying his cycling career was “fueled from start to finish by doping.” The 41- year-old athlete lost his titles, including his seven Tour de France championships, and was banned for life from competing in competitive cycling events.

Almost half of the people surveyed said their opinion of Armstrong hadn’t changed since the USADA report was made public, according to the poll. A negative opinion of the cyclist was held by 36 percent, while 27 percent had no opinion or didn’t know.

“We were surprised by this result given the almost daily pounding of his reputation but he overcame cancer, raised millions for cancer research and became an American hero,” said Rick Gentile, director of the poll. “The public hasn’t forgotten that.”

Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the cancer charity, known for its yellow Livestrong bracelets. The foundation has raised more than $470 million since 1997, according to its website.

The telephone poll was conducted among 878 randomly- selected people in the U.S., the New York-based college said. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

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