Past Polls

POLL RESULTS: Should NFL Players Be Required to Stand for the National Anthem?

October 2, 2017 – The Jack News released the results of its latest online survey, about the controversy surrounding National Football League players standing or kneeing for the national anthem. The results of the survey were decidedly split.

The question asked was, “Should NFL players be required, as part of their contract, to stand for the singing of the national anthem?”

In response, 51 percent said yes, and 49 percent said no.

The Jack News posed the question as an aspect of NFL players’ contacts in order to clarify the issue, thinking that most readers would not likely be sympathetic to arguments the government should be involved in such a dispute.

This Jack News garnered the second-largest number of responses to an online since the publication’s launch in July 2017. Responses were exceeded only by a poll about prospective contenders for the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

Other poll results also found divisions on the national anthem issue

Other poll results on the subject of NFL protests were similarly divided.

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that by a 68 to 27 percent margin, respondents disapproved of President Trump’s call for NFL owners to fire the players and for fans to boycott their games. That sum includes one-third of Republicans, and nine out of 10 Democrats.

But by a much closer 51 percent to 42 percent margin, those surveyed said that the players’ protests were appropriate.

A CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that Americans were sharply divided over whether NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem were doing the right thing in expressing their views – but a majority believed that President Trump was in the wrong for weighing into the dispute.

In that poll, 49 percent said protesting players were doing the wrong thing to express their political opinion by kneeling, while 43 percent called it the right thing.

The results were starkly divided by race, party and age.

Among whites, 59 percent said the players were doing the wrong thing, while among blacks, 82 percent said the players were doing the right thing.

Among Republicans, 87 percent called it the wrong thing, while among Democrats, 72 percent said it was the right thing.

And most younger Americans called it the right thing (56 percent among those under age 45), while a majority of older Americans said it was wrong (59 percent among those age 45 or older).



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