Forty-nine percent of adults said college football players should be allowed to play this fall, compared to 48 percent who said they shouldn’t, according to new results from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll.

There are significant differences based on political leanings — almost three-quarters of Republicans and those who lean Republican support players’ returning to play, while 7 in 10 Democrats and those who lean Democratic don’t. Independents are split on the issue — 47 percent support allowing college football players to return to play, while 51 percent don’t.