It’s not just prominent officials and pundits who think National Public Radio blew it big time by firing correspondent Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims. Regular Americans feel the same way – by a wide margin, according to a survey conducted by Poll Position.
Of the 1,017 people contacted, 46 percent say NPR erred in canning Williams, 19 percent say NPR did the right thing and 35 percent have no opinion.
The backing of Williams spreads across people of both political parties. Only 22 percent of Democrats approve of the dismissal, 20 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of independents.
The criticism was even stronger among ethnic groups. Of the Hispanic respondents, 62 percent oppose the move, and 58 percent of Williams’ fellow blacks feel the same way. As for whites, 42 percent see NPR in the wrong, while 21 percent support its decision.
Men and women criticize NPR’s decision in about equal numbers. On the men’s side 46 percent say Williams was treated unjustly, while 24 percent disagree. Among women those numbers were 48 percent and 13 percent
Surprisingly enough, sentiment was virtually even among the young – those aged 18-24. In this group, 38 percent side with NPR, while 37 percent are in Williams’ corner.
NPR dumped Williams for saying on Fox News that when he gets on a plane with passengers who make clear they are Muslims, “I get worried. I get nervous." He also said it’s unfair to classify all Muslims as extremists.
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