Poll finds big racial gap over national anthem protest

Tuesday October 11th, 2016

A new poll by Quinnipiac University founds that four of five African American adults approve of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem to raise awareness for racial injustice despite 54% of American adults disapprove of athletes refusing to stand during the Star Spangled Banner.

The poll found that 63% of white adults disapproved of the protest. 74% of African Americans approved of the demonstration.

“There is a profound racial divide over athletes who refuse to stand for the National Anthem and deep differences over whether the police can be trusted," Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy said.

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The poll also came to the following conclusions:

68% of African Americans approve of the way police in communities are doing their job.

88% of white Americans approve of the way police in communities are doing their job.

50% of all Americans disapprove of "stop and frisk" by police.

73% of all Americans believe police should not violate civil liberties to prevent crime.

View the full findings of the poll here.

Other players throughout the NFL have joined Kaepernick's national anthem protest throughout the season. Kaepernick has been named the starting quarterback for the 49ers upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills.

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