June 07–Amid controversy from the White House to football stadiums, voters in a new poll say that professional football players who take a knee are not unpatriotic.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll says, 58 to 35 percent, that the players who kneel during the National Anthem are not unpatriotic.
But the views vary widely, depending on demographics. President Donald J. Trump has made “The Star Spangled Banner” a major issue, and he recently disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House.
Republicans voters — many of whom are Trump supporters — overwhelmingly believe that the players who kneel during the anthem are unpatriotic by a margin of 70 percent to 23 percent.
The poll showed that white voters without a college degree are evenly split at 46 percent to 46 percent.
Among Democrats, 82 percent say the players have a right to protest. Among Republicans, 81 percent say they do not. By 54 to 42 percent, independent voters say that the players have the right to protest.
Overall, 85 percent of black voters say the players have the right to protest, while 53 percent of white voters say they don’t.
“Voters are clearly torn on the National Anthem issue,” said Timothy Malloy, the assistant director of the Hamden-based Quinnipiac University Poll. “They seem to be saying, ‘You can still love your country and kneel during its Anthem,’ but the NFL’s new ‘must stand’ mandate is fine with them, too.”
In addition, 51 percent of those polled have an unfavorable view of controversial television personality Roseanne Barr. They also agree with the decision by the ABC television network to cancel Barr’s show after the latest controversy involving Barr’s strong criticism of Valerie Jarrett, one of former President Barack Obama’s closest aides.
This article provided by NewsEdge.