In a new statewide public policy poll conducted this month by Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy, close to 76% of respondents believe that President Trump should stop posting on social media or commenting about NFL player protests. While six out of 10 respondents believe the player protests are disrespectful, almost the same number agreed that the NFL players have the right to protest.
More than half of the respondents believe the most important issue facing the NFL today is brain injuries (55.1%, compared to only 15.6% reporting that protests during the National Anthem is the most pressing issue facing the NFL). Other options that were rated in order of importance include domestic violence, performance-enhancing drugs and quality of play/on-field performance. Nearly all the residents surveyed (92.9%) were aware of the NFL player protests currently taking place before games.