WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — White Americans by large numbers disapprove of athletes protesting during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a new poll. Black Americans approve of the protests by even wider margins.

Some athletes have been refusing to stand during the national anthem as a protest of the treatment of blacks by police. The Quinnipiac University poll showed that the younger the person, the more likely he or she is to approve of athletes not standing or taking a knee.

The poll, released this week, showed that white Americans of all ages disapprove of the protests by a margin of 63 percent to 30 percent. Hispanic Americans disapprove of the protests by a smaller margin, 45 percent to 36 percent.

However, black Americans of all ages approve of the protests 74 percent to 17 percent.

“There is a profound racial divide over athletes who refuse to stand for the national anthem,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Athletes around the country have been either kneeling or sitting during the national anthem to call attention to what they perceive to be police brutality and racial discrimination in the wake of black men being shot by police in various parts of the country. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the recent spate of protests.

Overall, more than half of Americans — 54 percent — disapprove of the protests while only 38 percent approve. But there was a large generational difference in approval of the protests as well, with the older the person, the less likely he or she was to agree with the protests.

The only age group to agree with the athletes protesting was the millennial age group, which in the poll was identified as 18-35. More than half of the millennials — 52 percent — said they approved of the athletes’ protests, while 37 percent disapproved. Americans age 35-49 disapproved at 54 percent, those 50-64 disapproved at 60 percent, and those over 65 disapproved at 70 percent.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,391 adults nationwide Oct. 7-9 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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Comments (6)
  1. Sam says:

    Maybe Blacks should be aware that a lot of WHITE people have died for America’s freedom so Black people can protest the Anthem.

  2. Michael says:

    All races died for America’s freedom. Doesn’t detract from the fact that Blacks and Hispanics are targeted for stops, and that’s a fact.

  3. If your car/truck has expired registration or still have paper plates months after buying it, you deserve to be pulled over. In many high-crime areas, most of the residents are black or Hispanic. So, most of the vehicle stops there are black or Hispanic. The black community needs to stop blaming everyone else…and look in the mirror (the real cause of their problems).

  4. papa369 says:

    1st I feel every American should serve in the military. There are many ways people can serve without having to be in combat or kill people. 2nd The Nation Anthem should be a Federal law mandating that everyone in a uniform be it sport or others must stand and place their hand over their heart.

  5. Roger Steigelsteinmehr says:

    Blacks need to understand that they themselves are the only reason their race is a collection of losers. If they would stop listening to that awful garbage they call music and stop smoking their crack, then maybe they would be able to get jobs at McDonald’s and Pizza Hut instead of the Hispanics and they would be able to enjoy the American dream.

  6. Nobody cares about the NFL anymore, too many filthy rich ISIS and BLM terrorists protesting in honor of thugs with weapons who have been shot by police? Yawn.

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