The Latest NFL Controversy in the US

The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll on the latest NFL controversy.

The Latest NFL Controversy in the US

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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A majority of Americans (57%) believe the NFL should not fire athletes that kneel during the national anthem, disagreeing with President Trump. In fact, over half of Americans (53%) say the US President shouldn’t comment on how the NFL and its players conduct themselves during the national anthem. However, nearly six in ten Americans believe the professional athletes should be required to stand during the national anthem at sporting events (58%). Roughly four out of five Americans (85%) say they always stand in silence when the national anthem is played at an event they’re attending. Across party lines, Republicans (95%) are much more likely to stand in silence than Democrats (82%) and Independents (80%).

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest police violence against African Americans, a fact that two thirds of Americans (67%) knew. Although no longer on an NFL team, 40% of Americans support the stance Kaepernick took and his decision to not stand during the national anthem, up from 28% in 2016.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted September 25-26, 2017 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For the survey, a sample of roughly 1,622 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English.

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US

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