Only 12% of voters say they have a favorable opinion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who is supporting player protests of the National Anthem at games.
According to a Remington Research Group national public opinion survey of 1,945 general election voters, Goodell's "favorable" rating is well below the 46% who voiced a favorable opinion of President Trump, who opposes the protests.
Q: What is your opinion of Roger Goodell?
- Favorable: 12%
- Unfavorable: 36%
- No Opinion: 52%
Q: What is your opinion of Donald Trump?
- Favorable: 46%
- Unfavorable: 47%
- No Opinion: 7%
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of general election voters agree with President Donald Trump that NFL players should stand and be respectful during the National Anthem - more than twice the 25% who say NFL players shouldn’t:
Q: 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?
- Yes: 64%
- No: 25%
- Unsure: 11%
Overwhelming, Americans say they want sporting events to be less political:
Q: 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%
Half (51%) of those surveyed say they’ve watched fewer games this year, and 69% say that’s because of players using the NFL as a stage for their political views. And, 50% say they’re less likely to watch their favorite team due to the protests.
Less than a third (31%) say they support players protesting during the National Anthem, while 60% say players should find a different forum.
Q: 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?
- Support: 31%
- There is a more appropriate place to protest: 60%
- Unsure: 9%