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Survey: Only 12% of Voters Have 'Favorable' Opinion of NFL Commissioner Goodell

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 26, 2017 | 1:29 PM EDT

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

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%


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