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SI Poll: NFL fans disapprove of Goodell
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SI Poll: NFL fans disapprove of Goodell

In recent weeks, five NFL players have outraged the nation and brought domestic violence to the forefront in the NFL. Four of those players face accusations of domestic violence (former Ravens running back Ray Rice, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald and Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer), while another (Vikings running back Adrian Peterson) faces child injury charges.

In a poll conducted last weekend by SI through Marketing & Research Resources, more than half of the fans who have followed the story very or somewhat closely said the the misdeeds or alleged misdeeds of Rice, Hardy, Peterson, McDonald and Dwyer worsened their opinion of the NFL. Rice's actions diminished the opinion of fans most (55 percent said his actions lessened their opinion of the NFL), while Dwyer drew the lowest negative response (48 percent).

The responses -- collected from more than 500 NFL fans, with a margin of error of plus/minus 4.33 percentage points -- also included fans' views on the place of players in society and drugs within the league.

Forty-six percent of fans believe that NFL players are not good role models. According to the results of the survey, players in other pro leagues -- MLB, NHL, MLS -- were rated as better role models than the NFL's. NBA players fared the worst of all the sports in that category.

Thirty-six percent of fans said the right time to suspended an NFL player if he is implicated in a violent crime is after being convicted. Of the five players with recent allegations, only McDonald played in Week 3, however Rice is the only one who has been suspended by the NFL (Peterson, Hardy and Dwyer have been placed on inactive lists).

The NFL recently introduced a new drug policy, which raised the threshold for a positive marijuana test. Just 54 percent of fans polled believed a player should be suspended for testing positive for marijuana. A majority of fans, from 85 percent to 94 percent, believe players should be suspended for positive tests for other drugs (amphetamines, HGH, cocaine, steroids), with fans also thinking an average of one-third of active NFL players use PEDs.

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PART 2: Views on player conduct, crime, drugs

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    34percentage of all NFL players fans believe use PEDs.
    22 percent of all fans say they are less interested in the NFL because of this.
     

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