Poll: Majority of Americans Side With Trump on National Anthem Protests

| SEP 26, 2017 | 3:24 PM

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A majority of Americans agree with President Donald Trump when it comes to NFL players' protests during the national anthem, according to a new survey.

A new poll from the right-leaning Remington Research Group found that nearly two-thirds of Americans — 64 percent — believe football players “should stand and be respectful during the national anthem.”

Following Sunday's NFL-wide “Star-Spangled Banner” protest by numerous players, 50 percent of Americans said they are “less likely” to tune in when their favorite teams play in the future.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said they already started off the year watching less football than they did in 2016 and 69 percent said the reason is that “players [are] using the NFL as a stage for their political views.”

While 31 percent said they support the players' demonstration during the national anthem, 60 percent said there is “a more appropriate place to protest.”

Broken down by party, 91 percent of Republicans said NFL stars “should stand and be respectful during the national anthem,” while only 43 percent of Democrats said the same.

“Americans are very clear on this issue: they do not support political protests during the national anthem,” Titus Bond, director of Remington, said. “On top of that, due to the protests, Americans are watching less football and that trend will continue as long as the protests do.”

On Sunday, numerous NFL players knelt during the national anthem after President Donald Trump suggested last Friday that any athlete who protests during the “Star-Spangled Banner” should be fired.

Following the weekend's display, the NFL reported the lowest ratings they've seen since the season began.