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64 Percent of Americans Say Football Players Should Stand for National Anthem

64 Percent of Americans Say Football Players Should Stand for National Anthem
Oakland Raiders players sit during the national anthem before they take on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 24, 2017, in Landover, Maryland. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Sixty-four percent of Americans believe that NFL football players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem.[1]

Republicans overwhelmingly hold this view by a 91 percent to 6 percent margin. Those not affiliated with a major party also strongly hold this belief: 60 percent agree, while 25 percent disagree. Democrats, however, are evenly divided (43 percent believe the players should stand, while 41 percent disagree).

The survey, conducted by Remington Research Group, found that a plurality of African-Americans (48 percent) believe that the players should stand, while only 33 percent take the opposing view. Also, younger adults are somewhat more likely than their elders to believe the players should stand and be respectful.

The only measured demographic group that does not believe the players should stand is political liberals. By a 51 percent to 33 percent margin, they reject the idea shared by most other Americans. Conservative and moderate voters tend to believe that the players should stand.

However, there is unity on one point. Eighty percent (80 percent) of Americans think there should be less politics during sporting events. Only 7 percent want more.

Footnotes:

  1. Remington Research Group, "National Public Opinion Survey, 2017," accessed September 27, 2017

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