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.
Unsurprisingly, the president has also tweeted about the incidents.
The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
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.