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Player Protests Affected NFL Viewing Habits This Season

Friday, February 02, 2018

As this weekend’s Super Bowl brings football season to an end, more than one-in-three Americans say on-field protests by NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem deterred them from tuning in to this season’s games.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 37% of American Adults watched fewer NFL games this season because of the on-field player protests. Seventeen percent (17%) watched more games due to the protests, while 42% say the player protests had no impact on their viewing decisions. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 30-31, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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