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Oly scandal impact dims

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In the past 2 1/2 years Utahns have changed their minds about the impact the Olympic bribery scandal has had on the state's reputation nationally and internationally.

A January 1999 poll by Dan Jones & Associates for the Deseret News and KSL-TV showed that 55 percent of Utahns believed the scandal had tainted the state's reputation. A poll asking the same question in the last week of June 2001 showed that number had dropped to 35 percent.

Those who believed the scandal "probably" tainted the state's reputation, however, increased from 23 percent to 36 percent. Utahns polled who said the scandal had "probably not" affected Utah's reputation increased by 50 percent, from 12 percent to 18 percent.

The number of Utahns who said the scandal had "definitely not" tainted the state's reputation increased from 5 percent to 8 percent. Those who said they didn't know increased from 3 percent to 5 percent.