June 7, 2018 - Taking A Knee Is Not Unpatriotic, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; 48 Percent Approve Of ABC Cancelling Roseanne Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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National Football League players who kneel in protest during the National Anthem are not unpatriotic, American voters say 58 - 35 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Republican voters say 70 - 23 percent that these NFL players are unpatriotic, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. White voters with no college degree are divided 46 - 46 percent. All other listed party, gender, education, age and racial groups say they are not unpatriotic.

American voters say 53 - 43 percent that professional athletes have the right to protest on the playing field or court. Men and women agree, but there are wide racial and party divisions:
  • Players have the right to protest, Democrats say 82 - 16 percent and independent voters say 54 - 42 percent. Republicans say 81 - 16 percent that players do not have the right to protest.
  • Black voters say 85 - 11 percent and Hispanic voters say 67 - 28 percent that players have the right to protest. White voters say 53 - 43 percent they do not have the right.
American voters support 51 - 42 percent the new NFL policy requiring players on the field to stand for the National Anthem. Independent voters are divided as 49 percent support this policy, with 44 percent opposed.

But voters oppose 51 - 44 percent fining NFL teams if players on the field do not stand for the National Anthem. Men are divided 47 - 48 on the fining measure. Women oppose it 54 - 40 percent.

"Voters are clearly torn on the National Anthem issue. 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," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"As for teams that defy the new rule, Americans say, 'Don't throw a flag on them.'"

Race relations in the U.S. have gotten worse in the last five years, 59 percent of American voters say, while 10 percent say race relations have gotten better and 30 percent say they are the same.

American voters disapprove 61 - 33 percent of the way President Donald Trump is handling race relations. Republicans are the only listed group who approve. White men are divided 48 - 48 percent.

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr gets a 51 percent unfavorable rating from American voters, with 15 percent favorable and 29 percent who haven't heard enough about her to form an opinion of her.

Voters agree 48 - 34 percent with ABC Television Network's decision to cancel Roseanne Barr's TV show. Disagreeing with the decision are Republicans 50 - 28 percent and white voters with no college degree 43 - 35 percent. White men are divided as 41 percent agree and 40 percent disagree.

From May 3l - June 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,223 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.

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24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - race relations?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              33%    74%     4%    27%    39%    27%    35%    45%
Disapprove           61     16     93     68     56     66     59     47
DK/NA                 6     10      4      5      5      7      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              25%    32%    35%    37%    48%    33%    40%     6%    23%
Disapprove           73     61     58     56     48     58     53     87     74
DK/NA                 2      7      7      7      4      9      7      7      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling race relations?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 07, 2018         33      61       6
Oct 11, 2017         35      59       6
Sep 27, 2017         32      62       6
Aug 23, 2017         31      63       6
 
 
43. Compared to 5 years ago, do you think race relations in the United States have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Better               10%    17%     4%     9%    10%    10%    10%    15%    10%
Worse                59     38     77     60     54     63     55     52     59
Same                 30     42     17     30     35     25     33     31     28
DK/NA                 1      3      1      1      1      2      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better                8%     8%    10%    13%    12%    13%    13%     1%     5%
Worse                65     56     60     59     50     57     54     75     69
Same                 27     34     29     25     37     28     32     22     26
DK/NA                 -      1      2      3      1      2      1      2      -
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose the new NFL rule requiring that NFL players on the field stand for the national anthem?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Support              51%    87%    25%    49%    53%    49%    52%    66%    51%
Oppose               42      9     69     44     41     44     41     29     41
DK/NA                 7      4      6      8      6      7      7      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              39%    50%    52%    60%    61%    57%    59%    19%    45%
Oppose               55     45     43     31     34     36     35     74     50
DK/NA                 6      5      5      9      5      6      6      7      5
 
 
45. Do you support or oppose the NFL fining teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Support              44%    77%    19%    42%    47%    40%    45%    57%    43%
Oppose               51     19     77     51     48     54     49     40     50
DK/NA                 5      4      4      7      5      6      6      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              34%    40%    46%    51%    54%    48%    51%    12%    33%
Oppose               63     56     47     42     42     47     45     84     59
DK/NA                 3      3      6      8      4      5      5      4      8
 
 
46. Do you think NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men are being unpatriotic or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Unpatriotic          35%    70%    11%    31%    36%    34%    39%    46%    34%
Not unpatriotic      58     23     85     60     58     58     55     46     58
DK/NA                 7      7      5      8      6      8      6      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Unpatriotic          27%    28%    39%    42%    44%    41%    42%     6%    23%
Not unpatriotic      69     65     55     52     50     51     50     91     70
DK/NA                 4      8      6      7      6      8      7      3      7
 
 
47. Do you believe that professional athletes have the right to protest on the playing field or court or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Yes/Have the right   53%    16%    82%    54%    52%    54%    47%    39%    56%
No                   43     81     16     42     45     42     49     57     40
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      3      4      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Have the right   67%    55%    48%    43%    42%    45%    43%    85%    67%
No                   30     39     48     55     55     51     53     11     28
DK/NA                 3      6      4      3      3      4      4      4      5
 
 
48. Is your opinion of Roseanne Barr favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Favorable            15%    24%     7%    16%    17%    14%    14%    19%    15%
Unfavorable          51     37     67     51     50     52     60     42     46
Hvn't hrd enough     29     33     24     30     28     30     21     33     35
REFUSED               4      6      2      4      5      4      4      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            11%    21%    14%    13%    17%    16%    16%    13%    18%
Unfavorable          29     50     62     64     52     52     52     60     40
Hvn't hrd enough     57     24     18     20     26     29     27     24     40
REFUSED               3      4      6      4      5      4      5      3      2
 
 
49. Do you agree or disagree with ABC's decision to cancel Roseanne Barr's television show?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG   ADULTS
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No     Tot
 
Agree                48%    28%    69%    49%    44%    52%    53%    35%    45%
Disagree             34     50     21     30     37     31     32     43     35
DK/NA                18     22      9     21     19     17     15     22     21
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                43%    44%    51%    57%    41%    47%    44%    73%    45%
Disagree             35     37     33     30     40     36     38     16     37
DK/NA                21     19     17     13     19     18     18     11     18