Washington, DC — 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.
About the Study
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. The sample includes 628 Democrats, 583 Republicans and 222 Independents.
Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,622, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=4.3).
This poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 4.6 percentage points for Republicans and plus or minus percentage points for 7.5 Independents.
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