Americans split along party lines over NFL protests, suggests poll

A new YouGov poll suggests that most Democrats back NFL players’ right to protest during their country’s anthem.

According to CNN, multiple American football players from a range of teams have been protesting racial discrimination by kneeling during the American national anthem at football games.

US president Donald Trump blasted the players as “disgraceful”, according to the BBC, and said such moves were disrespectful to America.

Unsurprisingly, the president has also tweeted about the incidents.

A new YouGov poll suggests that Americans are split along party and ideological lines over the issue. Overall, it found that a plurality of voters backed the NFL players’ right to protest (46%) compared to the 40% who disagreed.

When voters are split along party lines, three-quarters of Democrats said they supported the players’ rights to protest (76%). On the other side of the political aisle, 74% of Republicans said they opposed to the players’ right to protest.

Furthermore, most respondents who identified as liberals were in favour of the right to protest while most conservatives said they were against it. Younger voters were found to be more supportive of the players’ right to protest than their older counterparts while black and Hispanic voters were significantly more supportive that whites.

The full results of the YouGov poll can be found here.