On Friday, President Trump ignited a firestorm of controversy when he slammed the NFL’s social justice warriors for kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner and disrespecting the flag, but as it turns out, there’s widespread support for his position.

In fact, new polling shows the majority of the country – by a long shot – shares President Trump’s beliefs about players showing respect to the country, but that’s not all. Within the poll is another whopper of a discovery – President Trump is far more popular than the league’s Commissioner Roger Goodell, the pussy-hat wearing lefty who’s ruining the sport.


Breitbart News reported that the Remington Research Group conducted the poll over the weekend to get a feel for how the country was reacting to the President’s criticism. Not only is Trump on the right side of the issue, but Americans simply don’t want to see players protesting on the field…at all.

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The survey didn’t dance around the elephant in the room, or should I say the bull in the china shop, either.

To emphasize the important parts of the survey, I’ve highlighted certain areas.

Q7: Last week, Donald Trump said NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem. Do you think NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem?


Yes: 64%
No: 25%
Unsure: 11%

Q8: On Sunday, a number of NFL players knelt during the national anthem in protest of Donald Trump’s statements, including players from your favorite team. Does this make you more likely or less likely to watch your favorite team’s games in the future?

More likely: 30%
Less likely: 50%
No difference: 20%

These numbers are utterly devastating for a league that’s seeing ratings plummet and stands to lose some $200 million in ad revenues already. Not only does it show the vast majority of the country sides with the President, but that the NFL completely botched its response to his remarks, which was evident as ratings once again fell off over the weekend, with games seeing a four percent decline on Sunday alone.


Also found in the poll is the lack of popularity for the player protests on their own. Apparently, when Americans tune in to watch a football game, they don’t want to be inundated with the players’ politics.

Who’d have thunk it?

Q4: Now, just thinking about this year, have you watched more football or less football compared to previous years?

More football: 19% [GO TO Q6]
Less football: 51% [GO TO Q5]
About the same: 30% [GO TO Q6]

Q5: Why would you say you are watching less football this year?

Players using the NFL as a stage for their political views: 69%
New rules that reduce physical contact: 5%
There are too many games during the week: 6%
Games last too long: 2%
Pace of play is too slow: 2%
Something else: 12%
Unsure: 4%

Q6: Do you think NFL players should stand and be respectful during the national anthem?

Yes: 64%
No: 24%
Unsure: 12%

Again, American’s aren’t pleased with the style of the protests, or the substance, for that matter. In fact, the poll reveals that the on-field antics, which started with disgraced quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are driving fans away in droves.

To be sure, the company conducting the survey followed up with these questions:

Q9: Do you support protesting during the national anthem at the beginning of NFL games, or is there a more appropriate place for players to protest?

Support: 31%
There is a more appropriate place to protest: 60%
Unsure: 9%

Q10: In the future, would you prefer to see more politics, less politics, or the same amount of politics during sporting events?

More politics: 7%
Less politics: 80%
Same amount: 13%

That number – 80 percent – sends a clear message to the league and those supporting the disrespectful protests; cut it out. As this reporter has repeatedly explained, Americans don’t want politics mixed with their sports any more than they want toothpaste mixed with their coffee.

As far as whether or not Goodell is more well-liked than the President, these numbers don’t look good for the league either.

Q1: What is your opinion of Donald Trump?

Favorable: 46%
Unfavorable: 47%
No opinion: 7%

Q2: What is your opinion of Roger Goodell?

Favorable: 12%
Unfavorable: 36%
No opinion: 52%

As Breitbart noted:

This crystallizes, as Daniel Flynn noted on the sports page a few days ago, just how well Donald Trump has chosen his enemies. In picking a fight with the NFL, headed-up by Roger Goodell, Trump pits himself against people that the public essentially loathes. Making it next to impossible for him to come out the loser in any kind of PR conflict.

Indeed. Combine this with the fact that nobody is ever going to win a fight against patriotism, and there’s absolutely no way President Trump can come out on the losing end of this.

Finally, the poll delved into the partisan slant of each of its respondents, and again, it doesn’t look good for the league.

Most Americans, 51%, say they have watched less football this year compared to the past. Of respondents who said they have watched less football this year, 69% cite their reason as players using the NFL as a stage for their political views.

Republicans and Non-Partisans have been cutting back on watching football at a higher rate than Democrats, as 66% of Republicans say they have watched less football this year compared to 33% of Democrats. Among Non-Partisans, 55% reported they have watched less football this year compared to the past.

The partisan breakdown of this poll appears to follow national political trends, with Republicans and Independents breaking toward the conservative side and Democrats standing on their own. With the NFL embracing far-left politics, it’s alienated the vast majority of the country that’s either middle of the road or leans to the right.

While this is just a single poll, it can be used as a microcosm for the entire country. Basically every war the left has launched since the President has taken office, they’ve lost, and the reason is simple – the country has always been center-right, and the left has really been overplaying its anti-American hand since the President took office.

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