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Interest in Super Bowl Down, Reflecting Season-long Viewing Trends

Slow Migration to Devices Other Than TV Continues; 22% Look Forward to Commercials More than the Game

S. Orange, NJ, February 1, 2018 — Reflecting a season-long decline in viewership, a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week shows 54% of Americans planning on watching Sunday’s Super Bowl, down from 68% when the same question was asked two years ago.

Interestingly, of those who identified themselves as people who “closely follow” the NFL, 16% say they won’t be watching.

“16% of people who identify themselves as NFL fans is a significant number and reflects the trend of declining ratings that we’ve seen all season,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.  “That this seems to be impacting Super Bowl viewership should be a concern to the league, the broadcasters and especially the advertisers.”

The poll was conducted January 29-31 with random calls to 706 adults on landlines and cellphones across the country, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.8%.

Another factor might be the return of the New England Patriots, with 20% of the population feeling less inclined to root for them.  12% said they were more inclined, and 62% said there was no difference.

Viewing on Other Devices
Another slow trend that the league and broadcasters are surely watching is the migration of viewers from traditional TV to alternate devices.  In 2016, 98% said they would be watching the game on television – this year, the number is down to 90%, with 10% citing other devices or a combination of TV and other devices.

Commercials and Halftime Show
22% said they were most looking forward to the game’s commercials, with 61% most looking forward to the  game, and 14% the halftime show  Among men, 76% said they most looked forward to the game, and 11% the commercials.  Among women, 47% cited “the game,” and 32% “commercials.”   60% of the population said they watched the commercials more closely than on other TV shows, and a third of African-American respondents said they most looked forward to the halftime show.

Anthem Protests
The national anthem (stand or kneel) remains a matter of interest to the public, with 27% approving a player protest during the playing of the anthem at the start of the Super Bowl and 44% disapproving, with 25% having no opinion.  The question was also asked of regular season viewing to see if the higher profile of the Super Bowl mattered, and it was a similar breakdown.  These numbers are consistent with previous polls dating back to September 2016.

XFL
Finally, wrestling mogul Vince McMahon’s plans to bring back his football league in 2020 (the XFL), attracted interest in following by 27% of the public, and while 61% said they had no interest.  47% of people who identified as NFL fans said they were interested.  “This seems like a respectable starting point for McMahon’s plan,” said Gentile.

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S.News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone January 29-31 among 706 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

  1. Will you be watching the upcoming Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles?

Yes 54%

No 43

Don’t know 4

(IF NO SKIP TO QUESTION 5)

  1. Will you be watching on TV, a mobile device such as phone or tablet, or both TV and a device?

TV 90

Device 3

Both 5

Don’t know 2

  1. Which part of the Super Bowl broadcast do you look forward to the most, the game, the halftime or the commercials?

Game 61

Halftime 14

Commercials 22

  1. Do you tend to watch commercials in the Super Bowl more closely, less closely or about the same as in other TV shows?

More closely 60

Less closely 7

About the same 31

Don’t know 2

  1. Does the recent success of the Patriots make you more inclined to root for them to win this year’s game, less inclined or does it not make any difference in whom you will root for?

More inclined 12

Less inclined 20

No difference 62

Don’t know 6

  1. Did you approve, disapprove or have no opinion about players protesting during the playing of the National Anthem throughout the season?

Approve 28

Disapprove 46

No opinion 25

Don’t know 1

  1. Do you approve, disapprove or have no opinion about players protesting during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the Super Bowl, the most watched game of the year?

Approve 27

Disapprove 44

No opinion 25

Don’t know 4

  1. Would you be more likely to buy a product advertised on the Super Bowl, less likely or does it make no difference?

More likely 6

Less likely 13

Makes no difference 78

Don’t know 2

  1. How closely do you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

Very closely 16

Closely 26

Not closely 24

Not at all 33

Don’t know 2

  1. Wrestling mogul Vince McMahon announced last week that he was starting a new professional football league, the XFL in January of 2020. Will you be interested in following another pro football league?

Yes 27

No 61

Don’t know/No opinion 13

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Poll Featured in USA Today, NY Daily News, Yahoo Finance, ESPN and SportsBusiness Daily

The Seton Hall Sports Poll, sponsored by the Sharkey Institute and the Stillman School of Business, was featured in USA Today, the NY Daily News, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports along with ESPN, SportsBusiness Daily and a number of other media outlets.

The most recent poll asked people what they thought about President Trump’s comments regarding the NFL national anthem controversy (71% would like him to stop commenting, only 23% said he should continue to do so); what they thought about the efficacy of a plan to deal with the anthem controversy put forward by a number of NFL owners that would keep players in the locker room while the anthem played (63% said “not effective,” 27% said “yes”); and whether or not they planned on buying and NFL merchandise over the holiday season (20% said yes, and a whopping 74% said no) and whether the anthem controversy had anything to do with their decision not to buy (a third said it did).
In addition to these questions, the Poll gauged the public sentiment on the current selection format for the college football playoffs, the prospect of Roger Goodell’s contract extension, the impact of Jerry Jones, Women in sports broadcasting, and a number of other questions. You can see the release here.

Media Highlights

Nearly Three-Quarters Say Pres. Trump Should Stay Out of NFL Anthem Controversy; Nearly Two Thirds Say Keeping Players in Locker Room Not an Effective Strategy

Orange, NJ, November 30, 2017 — A Seton Hall Sports Poll has found that 71% of Americans would like President Trump to stay out of the NFL controversy surrounding the protest actions of players during the national anthem. 23% say he should continue to comment.

Just a month ago, 37% felt it was appropriate for the President to get involved in the issue, when the question was posed regarding his call for a petition to support standing for the anthem.

“That represents a rather dramatic decline in just 30 days regarding the President’s personal involvement,” said Poll Director Rick Gentile.  “The 37% support last month was in line with his general support on most issues.  It could certainly indicate that the public wants to say ‘enough!’”

The poll was taken this week (November 27-29) across the nation, on both landlines and cell phones, with randomly placed telephone calls.  The poll is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute.  There were 719 respondents, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

The poll asked if keeping players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem next season would be an effective way for the NFL to deal with the controversy.  63% said no, and 27% said yes.

The Poll also asked whether people intended to purchase any NFL merchandise this holiday season, with 20% saying yes and 74% saying no.  Of those saying yes a fifth said they were affected by the current controversies, and of those saying no, a third were affected by the controversies.

As for the rehiring of Roger Goodell as NFL commissioner, only 19% felt his contract should be extended, while double that — 39% — said the NFL should look for a new commissioner.  42% didn’t know or had no opinion.  As for the rehiring of Roger Goodell as NFL commissioner, only 19% felt his contract should be extended, while double that – 39%  – said the NFL should look for a new commissioner.  42% didn’t know or had no opinion.  Among those saying they were African-American, 43% were in favor of his contract being extended, while only 15% of whites were so inclined.

The Poll also asked whether the current method for determining the college football championship is fair to all qualifying NCAA schools.  34% said yes, 23% no, with 43% indicating “don’t know” or not having an opinion.

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing these topics with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S.News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone November 27-29 among 719 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com;
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

1. Several NFL owners have proposed a rule stating all players remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem next season to avoid on field protests and the reactions to them.  Do you think this would be an effective way for the NFL to deal with the controversy?

Yes 27%

No 63

Don’t know/No opinion   9

2. President Trump originally said all NFL players protesting during the playing of the anthem should be fired and now he is criticizing this new owners’ proposal. Do you think the President should continue to comment on this subject or stay out of the controversy?

Continue to comment 23

Stay out of it 71

Don’t know/No opinion   6

3. The NFL is currently negotiating a very lucrative contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell. Do you think Goodell deserves to have his contract extended or should the owners be looking for a new commissioner?

Extend contract 19

Look for replacement 39

Don’t know/No opinion 42

4. Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has positioned himself as a direct adversary to Commissioner Goodall in opposing the contract extension. Do you think his stance is good for the NFL, bad for the NFL or makes no difference?

Good for the NFL 17

Bad for the NFL 13

Makes no difference 44

Don’t know/No opinion 26

5. Do you intend to purchase any NFL merchandise this holiday season?

Yes 20

No 74

Don’t know   6

6. Is the ongoing controversy over players kneeling during the anthem affecting your decision regarding purchasing NFL merchandise?

Yes 27

No 69

Don’t know/No opinion   4

7. Do you think the current method for determining the college football championship is fair to all qualifying NCAA schools?

Yes 34

No 23

Don’t know/No opinion 43

 

How closely would you say you follow sports, Very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

Very closely 22

Closely 35

Not closely 29

Not at all 14

 

 

Sports Poll Featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes and More

The Seton Hall Sports Poll was featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes and literally hundreds of other media outlets across the United States.Seton Hall Sports Poll

In Forbes, Sports Poll results were part of an article entitled, “NFL Anthem Protests Continue to Smack League’s Broadcasters and Sponsors.” The article was written by Mike Oznanian who, in addition to being Associate Managing Editor at Forbes, is co-host and Managing Editor of Forbes SportsMoney, a television show which appears on the YES Network and Fox Sports 1.

In Investor’s Business Daily, the Sports Poll’s Director, Rick Gentile, was cited regarding the decrease in NFL viewership and the Sports Poll’s findings that roughly 30% of those who are watching less professional football cite the anthem protests as the reason. “Companies Beware: Partisan Politics And Branding Don’t Mix.”

Sports Poll findings also appeared in The New York Times and at least a hundred other media outlets via a Reuters news agency article. The article, “Owner of NFL’s Texans sorry for ‘inmates’ comment on protesting players,” used the Poll’s most recent findings on the NFL’s anthem protests within the context of remarks made about the protests by an NFL team owner. The article, syndicated and appearing in media outlets such as Yahoo, ESPN and a number of local and regional radio and TV stations such as AM 1660 The Fan, Duke FM of Fargo and 96.3 Jack FM of Nashville, notes:

A Seton Hall University poll on Friday found 47 percent of respondents believe the NFL should order players to stand during the anthem, while 42 percent do not.

Most people, by a 55-to-37 percent margin, also said it was inappropriate for Trump to launch a recent petition on the Republican National Committee website saying the players should stand.

You can see the article, “Owner of NFL’s Texans sorry for ‘inmates’ comment on protesting players,” as it appeared in The New York Times.

In the Washington Post, the Sports Poll and its director were featured in an article entitled “Midway through NFL season, football ratings are down.”

Regarding ratings, the article notes:

Professor Rick Gentile“It’s certainly not cause for panic,” said Rick Gentile, a former CBS Sports executive and now a Seton Hall University professor, “but they like to keep going up.”

The article also notes that,

Asked about the impact of the protests, NFL spokesman Alex Riethmiller said the league believes the ratings drop is part of a broader trend in television consumption instead of a single issue or controversy.

Yet Gentile, who runs a nationwide poll on sports issues for Seton Hall, said his surveys show differently.

“I was in denial for a while,” he said, “but every time we asked the question, ‘why do you watch fewer games?’ it came back the same way — the protests.”

In the last week of September, Seton Hall’s poll of 850 people found that half were watching the same number of football games they watched in the past. Twenty-nine percent said they watched fewer games, 5 percent said they watched more and the remainder didn’t know. Of the people who watched fewer games, 47 percent said it was because of the protests, by far the most frequent reason cited.

In addition to the Washington Post, the article, a syndicated Top News story from the Associated Press, appeared on ABC News, Fox Business, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, the Miami Herald and hundreds of others including the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Indiana’s Journal Gazette, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, The Connecticut Post, Minnesota’s Star Tribune, The Reading Eagle and far too many more to list.

You can see the article, “Midway through NFL season, football ratings are down,” as it appeared in the Washington Post.

You can see here the most recent sports poll, which included questions that gauged the public pulse on safety issues in youth football, replacing baseball umpires with computers and the abundance of home runs in Major League Baseball in addition to the questions on the NFL’s anthem protests.

Professor Charles Grantham in The Undefeated and Wharton Business Radio on Athlete Anthem Protests

Professor Charles Grantham, director of the Center for Sport Management, was featured in The Undefeated and on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM.

Grantham, who is the former Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, published an essay in The Undefeated entitled, “Unions had better start doing their jobs to protect NFL players’ rights.”

In the essay, Grantham writes:

Colin Kaepernick’s act of protest in the backdrop of a presidential election, and now administration, where race is front and center has created a firestorm with regard to racial attitudes and relations in America.

The protest, using sports as the platform, has opened a conversation that is long overdue in America, and each day more people are brought into the debate offering support or disagreeing with the protest. Whatever your opinion, the‎re is still an “uncomfortable silence” from the segment of the sports community that can actually effect the very change Kaepernick, NFL players and other athletes are seeking….

Any solution to this protest will require the commissioners‎ and union leaders in both sports to demonstrate the courage currently displayed by the athletes and the bold thinking required to change status quo. While management and labor are most often adversaries, they are financial partners in a defined revenue sharing/salary cap business model because of the collective bargaining agreement. Thus, the biggest challenge to leadership on both sides of the aisle is to determine when and how outside forces affect revenue and franchise values.

Read more of “Unions had better start doing their jobs to protect NFL players’ rights.”

On the Sirius XM Wharton School of Business radio show, “Knowledge@Wharton,” host Dan Loney led a roundtable discussion on the anthem protests as well as the rights and relative business interests of both players and owners. Along with Professor Grantham, the show featured Wharton Professor Emeritus and CEO of Global Sports Institute, Ken Shropshire; and Andrew Brandt, director of the Center for Sports Law at Villanova and NFL business analyst for ESPN.

You can hear the show in its entirety here.

Seton Hall Poll Takes ‘Kneeling’ Question to Just NFL Fans, vs. Last Week’s ‘All Americans’

South Orange, NJ, October 5, 2017 — Statisticians at the Seton Hall Sports Poll dug a little deeper this week, looking at figures reflecting the opinions of people who identified themselves as “fans of the NFL,” and separating their responses to the overall responses published last week.

The excision of those results showed that nearly a third – 30% – said they were watching fewer games this season (9% were watching more, 55% about the same), and that 52% of those watching less gave the reason as players protesting the national anthem.

The poll was conducted last week and results covering all Americans were released on September 28.  (http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/2017/09/28/84-support-nfl-players-right-to-protest-but-vary-on-how-to-carry-that-out-only-16-say-protesters-should-be-dropped/).  The poll numbers for those who said they were NFL fans were not dramatically different from the overall numbers, but still of interest.

As to whether NFL fans agreed or disagreed with the act of protest during the national anthem, 38% agreed with the gesture, (vs. 33% of “all” responders last week), and 45% disagreed with it (vs. 44% of “all responders.”).

On President Trump’s call for those who kneel to be fired, 28% of NFL fans agree with the President, (exactly even with the result from all Americans), while 55% agree with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the President’s statement were divisive, which was up from the 50% when all Americans were asked.

91% OF NFL FANS STILL PREFER GAMES ON TRADITIONAL TV

(This was not part of last week’s release).

The poll also revealed that despite talks of “cord-cutting” and efforts to introduce other devices for fans to follow games, 91% of NFL fans still watch the games on traditional television, with only 4% saying “on computer” and just 1% citing a mobile device.   

“If this is the emerging technology for watching live football, it clearly has a long way to go,” noted Rick Gentile, Director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute.

The poll of 845 adults (on both landline and cellphone) was conducted across the US on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday of last week.  It has a margin of error of 3.4%.   411 of the respondents made up the “fans of the NFL” sample.

ONLY 18% OF AMERICANS SAY THAT ESPN’S JEMELE HILL SHOULD BE FIRED FOR ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST’ TWEET

(This was not part of last week’s release).

Only 18% of Americans believe that ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill should be fired because of statements she posted on her personal Twitter account, which a White House spokesperson called a “fireable offense.”  She had called President Trump a “white supremacist.”   

38% believed that reporters working for media companies should be prohibited from using personal social media accounts to make controversial social or political statements.

68% said Ms. Hill should not be fired; 18% said she should. There was a sharp divide among African-American responders and whites; 84% of African-Americans felt she should not be fired and only 5% said she should.  Among whites, it was 65% for not firing her, and 22% for firing her.

“Firing her was obviously considered too severe,” noted Gentile.  “But her Tweet seems to have opened a dialogue about limits.  That could be a healthy thing.”

A podcast by Seth Everett interviewing Rick Gentile, can be found at
https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S.News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone September 25-27 among 845 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel Public Relations AppelPR@gmail.com;
Seton Hall University Associate Director of Media Relations, Michael Ricciardelli
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu 908-447-3034

The results:

The Poll revisited last week’s results by separating out the responses from people who identified themselves as NFL fans.  The second column shows those results (the first column repeats the results by all respondents:

  1. This season, do you find yourself watching more NFL games, fewer NFL games or about the same amount of NFL games?

More   5%       9

Fewer 29        30

About the same 50        55

Don’t know 16          6

(IF “FEWER” ASK QUESTION 2.  IF “MORE”, “SAME”, OR “DON’T KNOW” SKIP

QUESTION 2)

 

  1. Why have you watched fewer NFL games? Please pick your main reason from the following:The games aren’t as good as in past years   3
    Too many games on TV   2          3

Too many commercial interruptions   4          4

The players’ protests during the national anthem 47        52

Boycotting in support of player protests   6          6

Bothered by danger of head injuries   1          1

Other 21        23

Don’t know 15          7

 

3.Do you generally watch live NFL games on TV, a mobile device or on a computer?

TV 70        91

Mobile device   1          1

Computer   3          4

Don’t watch at all 19          4

Don’t know   7          1

4. Colin Kaepernick waged a protest last season by kneeling during the national anthem. This year other players have continued the protest by not standing during the playing of the anthem. Do you approve, disapprove or have no opinion about the gesture?

Approve 32        38

Disapprove 44        45

No opinion 22        17

Don’t know   3          1

 

5. Which of the following statements do you agree with most:

I don’t support the players’ right to protest and believe they should be ordered to stand for the anthem or be dropped from the team if they refuse 16       15

I support the players’ right to protest but believe they should stand for the anthem, finding a different way to express their political opinions 49     49

I support the players’ right to protest and I think not standing for the anthem is an acceptable way to protest                       35          36

6. Colin Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team and some say it is because of last year’s protest. Do you think he would be signed today if he had not protested or has he not been signed because he’s not a good enough player?

Protested 47        57

Not good enough 19        23

Don’t know/No opinion 34        20

 

7. President Trump has called on NFL owners to fire any player who refuses to stand for the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL owners have responded that the president’s comments were divisive. Whom do you most agree with?

President Trump 28        28

Commissioner Goodell and the owners 50        55

Neither                                                                                     7          7

Both   2          1

Don’t know/No opinion 13          9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

84% Support NFL Players’ Right to Protest, But Vary on How to Carry that Out; Only 16% Say Protesters Should Be Dropped from Teams

84% Support NFL Players’ Right to Protest, But Vary on How to Carry that Out;
Only 16% Say Protesters Should Be Dropped
from Team. Wide Discrepancy Between African-Americans and Whites

South Orange, NJ, September 28, 2017 — A poll conducted this week by the Seton Hall Sports Poll has found that 84% of American support the NFL players’ right to protest,    with only 16% saying the players should be ordered to stand for the anthem or be dropped from the team if they refuse.

Of the 84% supporting the players’ right to protest, 49% felt they should find a different way to express their political opinions, and 35% felt that not standing for the anthem is an acceptable way to protest.  There was a wide racial gap in those saying it was an acceptable form of protest.with  70% of African-American choosing that option  only 28% of whites doing so.

The poll of 845 adults (on both landline and cellphone) was conducted across the US on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday of this week.  It has a margin of error of 3.4%.

An identical question was asked a year ago about just Kaepernick.  At that time, 80% supported the right to protest and 20% believed they should be dropped from the team if they refused an order to stand.

Asked specifically this week about players not standing during the playing of the anthem, 44% of all respondents disapproved, 32% approved, and 25% had no opinion or did not know.  The responses to the same question about just Kaepernick a year ago were 47% disapproval and 27% approval.

“These attitudes are remarkably stable given all that has happened in this past year and the recent spike in attention being paid to the subject. , noted Rick Gentile, Director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.

Respondents were asked whether they agreed more with President Trump who called on NFL owners to fire any players who refuse to stand or with Commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL owners who called the president’s comments divisive

Trump received the support of 28% and Goodell received  50%.  Among African-Americans Trump received 6% vs 78% for Goodell, and whites were 32% to 47%.

Asked about Kaepernick’s lack of a contract by an NFL team, 47% felt it was because of his protests and 19% because he wasn’t good enough.  81% of African-Americans felt it was because of his protest with only 7% saying it was because he was not good enough, while among whites the ratio was 41% (protest) and 22% (ability).

“This is an emotional issue for many people with obvious differences between whites and African-Americans,” said Gentile.  “The overall support for the players’ right to protest – in some form – is heartening especially considering some of the divisive rhetoric we’ve heard revolving around this issue.”

The protests can be very damaging to the NFL’s popularity.  29% of respondents said they were watching fewer games this season, and of that group, 47% cited the player protests during the national anthem.

In an identical question asked in November 2016, 25% said they were watching fewer games because of the anthem protest.

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S.News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone September 25-27 among 845 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com;
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

  1. This season, do you find yourself watching more NFL games, fewer NFL games or about the same amount of NFL games?
  2. More   5%
  3. Fewer 29
  4. About the same 50
  5. Don’t know 16

(IF “FEWER” ASK QUESTION 2.  IF “MORE”, “SAME”, OR “DON’T KNOW” SKIP

QUESTION 2

Why have you watched fewer NFL games? Please pick your main reason from the following:

  1. The games aren’t as good as in past years   3
  2. Too many games on TV   2
  3. Too many commercial interruptions   4
  4. The players’ protests during the national anthem 47
  5. Boycotting in support of player protests   6
  6. Bothered by danger of head injuries   1
  7. Other 21
  8. Don’t know 15

 

  1. Colin Kaepernick waged a protest last season by kneeling during the national anthem. This year other players have continued the protest by not standing during the playing of the anthem. Do you approve, disapprove or have no opinion about the gesture?
    1. Approve 32
    2. Disapprove 44
    3. No opinion 22
    4. Don’t know   3

 

  1. Which of the following statements do you agree with most:
  2. I don’t support the players’ right to protest and believe they should be ordered to stand for the anthem or be dropped from the team if they refuse 16
  3. I support the players’ right to protest but believe they should stand for the anthem, finding a different way to express their political opinions 49
  4. I support the players’ right to protest and I think not standing for the anthem is an acceptable way to protest                       35

 

  1. Colin Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team and some say it is because of last year’s protest. Do you think he would be signed today if he had not protested or has he not been signed because he’s not a good enough player?
    1. Protested 47
    2. Not good enough 19
    3. Don’t know/No opinion 34

 

  1. President Trump has called on NFL owners to fire any player who refuses to stand for the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL owners have responded that the president’s comments were divisive. Whom do you most agree with?
    1. President Trump 28
    2. Commissioner Goodell and the owners 50
    3. Neither (DON’T READ)   7
    4. Both (DON’T READ)   2
    5. Don’t know/No opinion 13
  1. How closely would you say you follow sports, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?
    1. Very closely 24
    2. Closely 33
    3. Not closely 30
    4. Not at all 13

(IF “VERY CLOSELY”, “CLOSELY”, OR “NOT CLOSELY” ASK QUESTION .  IF “NOT AT ALL” SKIP QUESTION )

8. How closely would you say you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely, or not at all?

  1. Very closely 20
  2. Closely 31
  3. Not closely 28
  4. Not at all 22

 

 

 

Sports Poll Podcast, with Rick Gentile and Seth Everett 11.21.16

IBM Computer TechnicianClick below to hear or download a discussion on the findings of the most recent Seton Hall Sports Poll release– featuring veteran sportscaster and analyst Seth Everett with Rick Gentile, Director of the Sports Poll and 10 time Emmy Award winner for his work as Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of CBS Sports.

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Americans Show Disapproval of Kaepernick’s Actions But Support His Right to Protest

Stillman/Sharkey LogoSouth Orange, NJ, September 22, 2016 — Americans disapprove by nearly 2 to 1 (with many having no opinion) of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s sitdown/kneeldown during the playing of the national anthem in protest of police violence against people of color – but approve of his right to protest by a 4-1 margin, according to a national poll conducted this week by the Seton Hall Sports Poll.

Only 20% feel he should be ordered to stand or dropped from the team if he refuses, but 80% support his right to protest. Of those 80%, 47% say they believe he is wrong for not standing and 33% find the method of protest to be acceptable.

There was a strong effect by age with disapproval rising markedly by age – 25% of 18-29 years olds disapproving, 44% among 30-44, 53% among 45-60 and 60% among those over 60.

The poll was conducted this week among 875 adults on both landlines and cellphones across the nation. (There is a margin of error of +/- 3.4%).

Overall 47% disapprove of Kaepernick’s actions, with 27% approving. 22% had no opinion. However African-Americans were just the opposite, approving his actions by more than 2 to 1.

Only 13% said they would support Kaepernick’s protest by themselves remaining seated if they were present for one of his games.

Overwhelming Support for Playing of Anthem

As to the playing of the anthem itself, the response was far more supportive, with 80% believing it should be played before sporting events and only 8% saying it shouldn’t. Among whites, 82% said it should be played, and among African-Americans, 70% felt it should.

“The act of his protest has been widely publicized but it is surprising that 81% know what the cause is,” said Rick Gentile, director of the Poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute. “Our poll indicates that people are sensitive to the complexity of the situation and there is clearly no rush to penalize him or drop him.”

On a question of the appropriateness of celebrities to use their fame as a platform to protest in general, 52% said it was appropriate and 39% said it was not.

Rick Gentile was interviewed by Seth Everett for a podcast on the poll’s findings.

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About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone September 19-21 among 875 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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The results

1. Are you aware of San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem prior to 49ers football games?

Yes 91%

No 9

 

2. Do you know what Kaepernick is protesting by his gesture?

Yes or Police violence against people of color 81

No 19

 

3. How do you feel about the fact that Colin Kaepernick kneels down on the sideline instead of standing during the playing of the anthem? Do you approve, disapprove or have no opinion?

Approve 27

Disapprove 47

No Opinion 22

Don’t know 4

 

4. Do you feel that Kaepernick should find a different way to make his protest known?

Yes 56

No 32

Don’t know 12

 

5. Currently the NFL “encourages” standing during the playing of the national anthem but does not require it. Do you think the league should require standing during the anthem?

Yes 42

No 54

Don’t Know 4

 

6. If you attended a sporting event would you remain seated during the anthem to support Kaepernick’s protest?

Yes 13

No 80

Don’t Know 7

 

7. Do you think the national anthem should be played before sporting events?

Yes 80

No 8

Don’t know 12

 

8. Do you think it’s appropriate for players to stage protests while in uniform on the field or on the sidelines?

Yes 33

No 56

Don’t know 11

 

9. Which of the following statements do you most agree with:

I don’t support Kaepernick’s right to protest and believe he should be ordered to stand or be dropped from the team if he refuses. 20

I support his right to protest but believe he is wrong for not standing for the
anthem. 47

I support his right to protest and I think not standing for the anthem is an acceptable way to do it. 33

 

10. Do you think it’s appropriate for celebrities to use their fame as a platform to make protests?

Yes 52

No 39

Don’t know 9