September 13, 2018 - U.S. Voters Say 2-1 NFL Players Have Right To Kneel, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 'Just Do It,' Voters Tell Nike Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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National Football League players have the right to protest by taking a knee during the National Anthem, American voters say 67 - 30 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Men, 67 - 30 percent, and women, 67 - 31 percent, are almost identical in their support for the right to protest, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Black, white and Hispanic voters all support the right to take a knee.

Republican voters do not support the right to protest 60 - 39 percent, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group opposed to this right.

American voters are divided 47 - 47 percent on whether they approve of NFL players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem. Men disapprove 50 - 43 percent, as women approve 51 - 43 percent. White voters disapprove 53 - 41 percent, while black voters approve of taking a knee 77 - 14 percent. Hispanic voters are divided 48 - 48 percent.

Independent voters also are divided as 46 percent approve of taking a knee and 47 percent disapprove. Republicans disapprove 89 - 7 percent and Democrats approve 79 - 14 percent.

American voters approve 49 - 37 percent of Nike's decision to include Colin Kaepernick in its "Just Do It" ad campaign. There is a wide age gap as voters 18 to 34 years old approve 67 - 21 percent, while voters over 65 years old disapprove by a narrow 46 - 39 percent.

"Take a knee. It's your right, American voters tell NFL players. But many voters who agree with the right to protest, disagree with the actual protests," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"But as for putting Colin Kaepernick's name alongside the Nike swoosh, voters say, 'Just do it.'"

From September 6 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points, including 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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25. As you may know, some NFL players are choosing to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest. Do you approve or disapprove of this form of protest?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              47%     7%    79%    46%    43%    51%    48%    35%
Disapprove           47     89     14     47     50     43     47     60
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      6      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              65%    47%    44%    36%    37%    45%    41%    77%    48%
Disapprove           30     49     50     58     56     50     53     14     48
DK/NA                 5      4      5      7      7      4      5      9      3
 
TREND: As you may know, some NFL players are choosing to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest. Do you approve or disapprove of this form of protest?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Sep 13, 2018         47      47       6
Nov 22, 2017         42      52       7
 
 
26. Regardless of whether or not you approve of the protests, do you think NFL players have the right to protest in this way or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Right to protest 67%    39%    88%    68%    67%    67%    70%    53%
No                   30     60     11     28     30     31     29     43
DK/NA                 3      2      1      4      3      2      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Right to protest 84%    66%    67%    57%    63%    61%    62%    90%    71%
No                   15     31     31     41     35     37     36      6     27
DK/NA                 1      3      2      2      3      2      2      4      2
 
TREND: Regardless of whether or not you approve of the protests, do you think NFL players have the right to protest in this way or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
                     
Sep 13, 2018         67      30       3
Nov 22, 2017         67      31       2
 
 
27. As you may know, Nike recently decided to feature Colin Kaepernick in their 30th anniversary "Just Do It" advertising campaign. Do you approve or disapprove of this decision?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              49%    13%    78%    50%    49%    50%    49%    39%
Disapprove           37     73     11     34     38     36     39     49
DK/NA                14     14     11     16     12     15     11     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              67%    50%    48%    39%    42%    46%    44%    80%    51%
Disapprove           21     39     39     46     46     42     44      8     34
DK/NA                12     11     13     15     11     12     12     12     16