In news that will likely only shock and surprise the folks who work for the NFL, a poll was recently conducted about how Americans felt about the “taking a knee” stuff going on across the league, and it found that the majority of Americans agree with the president.
Again, this isn’t too surprising given the fact that folks have stopped tuning in ever since this whole mess started last year, but strangely, despite the threat lower ratings pose to team owners’ bottom lines, nothing is being done to curb player participation in this form of “protest.”
Breitbart is reporting:
While this is only one survey, this is a survey conducted after President Trump declared war on NFL protesters in Alabama last Friday night, and if this poll is any indication, that war is already over.
The survey addresses the Trump factor directly:
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%
Q1: What is your opinion of Donald Trump?
No opinion: 7%
Q2: What is your opinion of Roger Goodell?
No opinion: 52%
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%
Clearly the NFL has a problem on its hands if they don’t think this “protest” junk is hurting their viewership and dwindling their fanbase. The less people tune in, the less money they make from advertisers.
The message is simple: stop protesting during the National Anthem. Most folks don’t care if they do it at other times, but not during a song that is supposed to honor our country and the men and women who have bled, died, and sacrificed more than we know to ensure our way of life is safe and secure.
Let’s hope they heed the warning.