According to a survey conducted by Remington Research Group, it seems the American people agree with Donald Trump when it comes to NFL anthem protests. The survey also reveals a number of other pleasant surprises including the fact that if the league doesn’t gain control over the controversy and rectify the issue, college football will quickly become the most popular sport in America.
In regards to the Trump’s comments from Alabama on Friday night, it looks as if the NFL response completely backfired:
Q7: Last week, Donald Trump said NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem. Do you think NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem?
Q8: On Sunday, a number of NFL players knelt during the national anthem in protest of Donald Trump’s statements, including players from your favorite team. Does this make you more likely or less likely to watch your favorite team’s games in the future?
More likely: 30%
Less likely: 50%
No difference: 20%
Also, interestingly enough, President Trump is apparently more popular than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
Q1: What is your opinion of Donald Trump?
No opinion: 7%
Q2: What is your opinion of Roger Goodell?
No opinion: 52%
Additionally, the majority of those who participated in the survey appear to be less than impressed by the player protests:
Q4: Now, just thinking about this year, have you watched more football or less football compared to previous years?
More football: 19% [GO TO Q6]
Less football: 51% [GO TO Q5]
About the same: 30% [GO TO Q6]
Q5: Why would you say you are watching less football this year?
Players using the NFL as a stage for their political views: 69%
New rules that reduce physical contact: 5%
There are too many games during the week: 6%
Games last too long: 2%
Pace of play is too slow: 2%
Something else: 12%
Q6: Do you think NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem?
Q9: Do you support protesting during the national anthem at the beginning of NFL games, or is there a more appropriate place for players to protest?
There is a more appropriate place to protest: 60%
Q10: In the future, would you prefer to see more politics, less politics, or the same amount of politics during sporting events?
More politics: 7%
Less politics: 80%
Same amount: 13%
The partisan breakdown of the poll is disastrous for the league as well:
Republicans and Non-Partisans have been cutting back on watching football at a higher rate than Democrats, as 66% of Republicans say they have watched less football this year compared to 33% of Democrats. Among Non-Partisans, 55% reported they have watched less football this year compared to the past.
Wow! Considering the NFL’s embrace of left-wing politics, it’s rather shocking to see that a significant portion of Democrats (yes, Democrats) find the display off-putting enough to reduce their watching.
Now, keep in mind this is only one survey (so far), but still. If others emerge and yield similar results, then…yikes!
The people are speaking, and the NFL could find itself in a serious world of hurt.