A plurality of Americans don’t like the national anthem protests: Forty-eight percent of Americans support the NFL’s new policy, compared to 32 percent who oppose it, according to the Yahoo News/YouGov survey, released last Friday.2 Twenty percent said they had no opinion. In the HuffPost/YouGov poll released this week, 49 percent of Americans said that they feel it is “inappropriate” for players to kneel during the national anthem, compared to 35 percent who feel it is appropriate. Sixteen percent were not sure. Morning Consult found similar numbers.
Just as in previous polls on this issue, there are huge racial and partisan divides. According to the HuffPost/YouGov poll, most black people (66 percent) and Democrats (62 percent) think that kneeling is appropriate, while most white people (60 percent) and Republicans (87 percent) think it is inappropriate. But opinions among these groups aren’t uniform: 29 percent of black people back the new NFL policy (per Yahoo/YouGov), 34 percent of black people either feel kneeling is inappropriate or aren’t sure how they feel about the issue (per HuffPost/YouGov) and 23 percent of Democrats think kneeling is inappropriate (again per HuffPost). In contrast, just 8 percent of Republicans think it is appropriate.