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Sports Poll Finds Majority Says Sexual Orientation Should Not Be Considered When Signing A Player/Sochi Olympics Met With Approval
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89% SAY SEXUAL PREFERENCE
SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED IN OFFERING A CONTRACT TO A PLAYER

SochiA resounding 89% of Americans have said that a player’s sexual preference should not be considered a reason to refuse to offer the player a contract, according to a poll conducted this week by the Seton Hall Sports Poll.

Only 6% felt sexual preference should be considered, with 5% undecided (or refusing to answer).

The poll of 780 respondents (with a 3.6% margin of error), was based on random phone calls to landlines and cellphones across the U.S. between February 24-26.

76% felt that the Brooklyn Nets would not regret signing Jason Collins, who this week became the first openly gay player in America’s four major team sports. 10% felt they would regret it, with 14% saying they did not know, or refusing the answer. Blacks are three times more likely than whites to say that the Nets would regret it.

“This is a here-and-now issue for sports,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute. “And leagues should note that for the fans, it has already been decided - it is a non-issue.”

On the question of whether Michael Sam’s sexual preference will cause him to be drafted in a lower round than had he not reveled himself as gay, respondents were equally divided - 38% saying yes, it will cause him to be drafted lower, and 40% saying it would not.

OLYMPIC COVERAGE GETS HIGH GRADES;
DECISION TO HOLD GAMES IN RUSSIA IS MET WITH APPROVAL

72% rated NBC’s coverage as good or excellent versus only 25% saying fair or poor. Among women, figure skating was the sport most enjoyed with 52% (alpine skiing and snowboarding were next with 11%), while among men, hockey rated highest with 27%, followed by alpine skiing and snowboarding at 17%). Overall, the sport most enjoyed was figure skating at 31%, with hockey at 16%, alpine skiing and snowboarding both at 14%.

One in five Americans - 19% - said that if an advertiser were an official US Olympic team sponsor, it would influence their decision to purchase the product.

“That is really a high number for the advertising community to bask in,” noted Gentile.

59% of respondents felt that judging in the Olympics is influenced by international politics, and the number got higher by age group.

On the question of holding the Olympics in Russia, 63% said that hosting an Olympics improves the image of the host county, with 34% saying it has increased their interest in Russia (64% saying it remained the same), and 48% percent saying it was a good decision to hold the Olympics in Russia vs. 26% saying it was a bad decision. A pre-Olympic poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & The Press conducted in January showed almost the reverse with 44% saying it was a bad decision.

For more information please contact:
Rick Gentile
(973) 313-6201
richard.gentile@shu.edu

 

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