Most American voters agree National Football League players have the right to take a knee during the National Anthem, and with Nike's decision to star Colin Kaepernick in its "Just Do It" ad campaign, a new Quinnipiac University National poll released Thursday shows.
According to the nationwide telephone survey of 1,038 voters nationwide, 67 percent of those polled said NFL players have the right to kneel, while 30 percent said they do not.
By the numbers:
- Men, by 67-30 percent, say players have the right to protest.
- Women agree by 67-31 percent.
- Republicans oppose by 60-39 percent.
However, while voters say the players have the right to protest, that doesn't mean they approve of the protests themselves. They were divided by 47-47 percent on whether they approve of the protests. By the numbers:
- Men disapprove of the protests by 50-43 percent.
- Women approved by 51-43 percent.
- White voters disapprove by 53-41 percent.
- Black voters approve by 77-14 percent.
- Hispanic voters approve by 48-48 percent.
- Independent voters are divided, by 46-47 percent.
- Republicans disapprove by 89-7 percent.
- Democrats approve by 79-14 percent.
Meanwhile, voters said they approve Nike's decision to include Kaepernick in its ad campaign by 49-37 percent. Younger voters, ages 18 to 34-years-old, said they approve by 67-21 percent, and voters over the age of 65 disapprove by 46-39 percent.
The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
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