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Seton Hall Sports Poll on ‘Kneeling’ Question to Just NFL Fans  

Football Teammates PassingSeton Hall Poll Takes 'Kneeling' Question to Just NFL Fans, Vs. 'All Americans'

Statisticians at the Seton Hall Sports Poll dug a little deeper this week, looking at figures reflecting the opinions of people who identified themselves as "fans of the NFL," and separating their responses to the overall responses published last week.

The excision of those results showed that nearly a third - 30% - said they were watching fewer games this season (9% were watching more, 55% about the same), and that 52% of those watching less gave the reason as players protesting the national anthem.

The poll numbers for those who said they were NFL fans were not dramatically different from the overall numbers, but still of interest.

As to whether NFL fans agreed or disagreed with the act of protest during the national anthem, 38% agreed with the gesture, (vs. 33% of "all" responders last week), and 45% disagreed with it (vs. 44% of "all responders.").

On President Trump's call for those who kneel to be fired, 28% of NFL fans agree with the President, (exactly even with the result from all Americans), while 55% agree with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the President's statement were divisive, which was up from the 50% when all Americans were asked.

91% of NFL Fans Still Prefer Games on Traditional TV

The poll also revealed that despite talks of "cord-cutting" and efforts to introduce other devices for fans to follow games, 91% of NFL fans still watch the games on traditional television, with only 4% saying "on computer" and just 1% citing a mobile device.

"If this is the emerging technology for watching live football, it clearly has a long way to go," noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute.

The poll of 845 adults (on both landline and cellphone) was conducted across the US. It has a margin of error of 3.4%. 411 of the respondents made up the "fans of the NFL" sample.

Only 18% of Americans Say That ESPN's Jemele Hill Should Be Fired for 'White Supremacist' Tweet

Only 18% of Americans believe that ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill should be fired because of statements she posted on her personal Twitter account, which a White House spokesperson called a "fireable offense." She had called President Trump a "white supremacist."

38% believed that reporters working for media companies should be prohibited from using personal social media accounts to make controversial social or political statements.

68% said Ms. Hill should not be fired; 18% said she should. There was a sharp divide among African-American responders and whites; 84% of African-Americans felt she should not be fired and only 5% said she should. Among whites, it was 65% for not firing her, and 22% for firing her.

"Firing her was obviously considered too severe," noted Gentile. "But her Tweet seems to have opened a dialogue about limits. That could be a healthy thing."

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