The NFL may have more than a passing controversy on its hands as it continues to grapple with fans’ reactions to the players and staff “take a knee” protest during the national anthem before games.
Yahoo Finance created a poll that found 62 percent of 9,056 respondents said they will watch less football.
Not only that, but the survey also found that 36% said they plan to buy less NFL merchandise and 32% have chosen not to attend a game they would otherwise have gone to. Those findings all have financial implications for the NFL and its 32 team owners.
Here are the full survey results, which were taken only of those who “patronize the NFL” and describe themselves as pro football fans, while excluding people who have an opinion but don’t watch football.
Looking directly at results for each question on the survey also reveals that a majority of respondents said would watch less football and that they support President Donald Trump’s decision to speak out against the protests, Breitbart notes.
The raw data shows that when asked, “What has changed about your relationship with the NFL?” 80 percent said they will watch less football on TV because of the controversy and more than 53 percent said they are more supportive of Trump since his remarks last month that the protests are disrespectful to the U.S., its flag and the men and women in the military and law enforcement who sacrifice to protect all Americans.
In fact, 77 percent said they believe it is wrong for players to kneel during the national anthem — a protest begun in 2016 by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick who claimed he kneeled because of social injustice in the U.S.
Calling it “one of the most divisive social issues in recent years,” Yahoo Finance said of its poll, “In our survey, we wanted to suss out whether the anthem flap could deal a lasting financial hit to the NFL. The answers suggest it could. When we asked fans if the controversy would make them more or less supportive of the NFL, 71% said less and only 15% said more. Of those who said they are now less supportive, 74% said their change of heart was permanent, and only 3% said they felt it was temporary.”
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