On game day, new polls show what Americans think about NFL protests, Trump

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October 1, 2017

Donald-Trump-PatriotsWhenever President Trump sets off a new controversy, there’s always a period of hair-on-fire commentary, usually conducted in the absence of polls or other evidence of public opinion. It’s happened again and again, the latest example being the president, the NFL, and the national anthem.

Trump set things off September 22 during a speech in Alabama. Now, after more than a week, there are five new polls with information on the underlying issue — NFL players protesting during the national anthem — and Trump’s treatment of it.

On the protests, the short version is, the public, which disapproved when Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand for the anthem last year, still disapproves.

new CBS poll asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of football players protesting by kneeling during the national anthem?” Fifty-two percent said they strongly or somewhat disapprove, while 38 percent said they strongly or somewhat disapprove, and nine percent said they haven’t heard enough to say.

  • dmttbt

    The statement about the results of the poll are an example why the people who take these polls should stay at home because it is dangerous to trust those people to put one foot in front of the other. Just ask the simple question are you for it or against it and say what it is. I am against the players using the time of the playing of the National Anthem to protest their petty BS made up abuse causes.

  • Glen Sackett

    If they do not want to be the “National Football leage” maybe they should find a new nation. I put my life on the line 2 times to defend this nation and the flag. If you do not respect our flag go somewhere that you think is better.

    • truthseeker

      I would of meet them at the Airport after they disrespected our Nation by kneeling at our National Anthem, but stood up and put their hand over their heart for the UK anthem. I would of informed them they are not allowed on our Soil and to return to the Queens landing .

  • dmttbt

    Just reading the survey is a major pain. I say just ask the question of are the players wrong or is the president right?

    • Glen Sackett

      The players are wrong!

      • dmttbt

        I could not agree more. The part about it being a protest to the way blacks are being treated is bull s hit they have come up with lately. The causes they state are not even true cases. They were founded on lies and bull s hit.
        If I were a policeman I would shoot someone pretty quickly. If someone has broken the law or is suspected of breaking the law and they resist and pull a weapon on me I would shoot them because otherwise it will be me being shot.

        • truthseeker

          John Kerry got Three Purple Hearts! and that is what you need to make sure you will never be sent back, while his buddy John McCain just sat the war out in his Hanoi Palace, President Nixon pardoned him when he came back. I wonder if all three meet in Hanoi– Jane Fonda ( Hanoi-Jane ), John Kerry who has pictures of himself with her in Hanoi in protesting the war, and John McCain ( Songbird ) in his private room at the Hanoi Palace . He was actually offered by the N. Vietnamese to leave any time he wanted and he refused, some torture hah!

          • disqus_CeZmTpgh9W

            If you want to know about Kerry, ask the swift boat veterans! (be prepared for some foul language.) You might also want to look at Kerrys three “purple owies”

          • truthseeker

            I did a long time ago. Amazing how that was the first thing Kerry did when on his boat and was his One of three undeserved medals of achievement.

          • truthseeker

            Look at how many times his buddy ( McCain ) was reported as ” The Song bird”, how he was Pardoned by President Nixon and yet we are to believe he can come back as a POW / War hero (?) How many of our Vietnam Veterans POW’s got a Pardoned , if they came back at all , thanks to the effort McCain made to make sure that never happened.

    • Glen Sackett

      You asked the question, tell us your opion.

      • dmttbt

        I am with Trump on the question of pledging allegiance to the United states. They can protest all they want after the game in the parking lot or wherever they choose. People paid to see the game, not to see them protest about living in the best country in the world. if they do not agree with that then they should relocate.

        • truthseeker

          All anyone has to do is go to Walter Reed Hospital and see our Veterans. I know that some may feel that, well they volunteered . Kind a like they like to fight, they had nothing going in their life and could not earn an income . Told N,C,O means: No Chance Outside. Not smart enough to earn a Scholarship . I heard it all and it is so insulting how some of these people think of us in Uniform.

  • mudguy1

    When they bring politics in to our sports they ruin one of the reasons for going to a game. After hearing day in and day out political news we want to either watch or go to game and have NO politics forced on us. No one can really enjoy a game when that happens. When these players use these games to protest anything these games no longer can be considered an American Pastime but an American Divider.
    These players and owners have forgotten we the fans are the paying customers and like any other business when the customers are unhappy they do not spend their money on any of their products. Time to forget these protests and do what makes the customers want to spend their money on your product.

    • truthseeker

      Most of them do not even behave like Human beings. Look how they play. I watched on player actually lift his foot up so it would smack into the other players face. Another time one of the Players got on all four and Pissed on the ground like a dog, thought it was funny. These players are nothing but, Super Predators and have lost all signs of being human .

  • bobnstuff

    This issue proves the power of the presidency. A very small number of football players protest the killing of blacks by police and it make a side bar in the paper but has little effect other wise. The primary player ends up out of work. Most people really don’t care that much but then the president attacks the NFL and it’s owner over not just the actions of a very few players but over how the game is played, not enough blood for him. The country goes wild and the NFL players have to choose between supporting a rant from the president or the fellow players and the NFL. The whole thing get blown up and people are angry and protesting a protest over peoples protesting free speech being attacked by the president. As I say you can see just how much power words coming out of our presidents mouth has. In the mean time people are suffering in our country from floods, storms and fires. The country has been distracted from things that truly matter to a stupid game and talking about respect for a song. Maybe we need to focus on things that really matter like our fellow Americans. If we as a nation don’t start valuing the important things like human life over created distractions like sports we are doomed. Also Our president needs to think his words out more carefully. This isn’t the first time he’s words have created problems.

    • Norman Fox

      You need to listen to your own words. Yes there are important problems in this country and people are suffering granted. BUT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A UNIFIED PEOPLE AND NATION, THOSE PROBLEMS CANNOT BE SOLVED. Remember divide and conquer? That is what these morons and idiots are doing. So if people do not back the nation you are doomed That simple

      • bobnstuff

        Did Trump unify the country with this speech? Has Trump done anything to unify the country, he can’t even unify his own party.

        • disqus_CeZmTpgh9W

          Really? You actually think the “hillercow” is in the whitehouse?

          • bobnstuff

            Answer the question, did his rants help unify the country?

      • Norman Fox

        Yep the President of the United States President Trump has done more to unify our country by getting elected and and helping the silent majority to say we had enough of the BS the lying 1/2 negro or his lovely idiot lying hiltary have been throwing out for years. Hmm how about helping companies come back to America and create jobs with their off shore money. In 8 years did your leftist,liberal,snowflake,socialist dumocrats bring money and companies back to America, HMMMM I see none. You are just a poor loser that the dumocrats are stopped in their lying tracks

    • gvette

      I guess you forgot how your favorite nigger divided our country!

      • SickoftheBS

        Why would you go there. Why would you insult an entire race of people over a few ignorant people?

        • gvette

          I wasn’t insulting a race. Just one person.

          • SickoftheBS

            I have no use for Obama or most Democrats. I look at Democrats as children whose parents dropped on their little punkin head. It is not their fault they are libtard but by the grace of God go I! But you don’t need the “n” word to describe Obama. He is just a worthless POS.

        • Rodzzz

          She merely stated the truth. They seem to be the very ones insulting their own race. Very disgusting behavior. Leave gvette alone. If you don’t see what’s going on, that’s your problem.

          • SickoftheBS

            I am well aware of what is going on and have been since Obama made his first appearance as a candidate.

          • Rodzzz

            He’s one and only accomplishment is the destruction of his own race. The NFL protesters are making sure that their race sinks even farther down. No one to blame but themselves. Majority of blacks are true Americans and should step up and put a stop to this. MAGA.

          • Glen Sackett

            No, is a problem for all of us. Did you forget “One nation undevied?

          • Rodzzz

            Very nice words…. but some simply refuse to assimilate. refuse to be Americans, but rather choose to work towards it’s downfall………. nice words, but far from reality. It certainly is our problem. But it doesn’t mean that we should close our eyes and pretend that nothing is happening and that we are one nation undivided. A wonderful dream indeed. MAGA

        • dmttbt

          Well you started it with the questions why! Why did we wind up with 8 years of president Obama. His mother and his father were both communist because they would not have been allowed to serve in the government of Indonesia or wherever he was born, AND IF YOU SAY HIWAII I SAY BULL S . THOSE WERE HIS GRANDPARENTS AND WERE CERTAINLY SOCIALIST OR COMMUNIST ALSO. HIS GRANDPARENTS IN INDONESIA WERE COMMUNIST AND STILL HE GOT ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TWICE. PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WANT TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY TO LIVE BUT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO THINK THAT OUR WAY IS BAD AND THEIR WAY IS GOOD. WHY DO SO MANY RUN FROM WHAT THEY SAY IS A GOOD THING?

          • SickoftheBS

            Not sure who or what you are talking about?
            All I asked was why she used the “n” word which drags her down to the Liberals IQ level.
            As far as Obama I have no doubt that he was born in Kenya just as his Grandmother says.
            He was moved to Indonesia as a young child and became a citizen of that country.
            He is no more American than I am French or Italian.

      • dmttbt

        It’s me again. I am so proud of my two children when they stand for the national anthem and place their hand on their heart. That is my two sons 44 and 46 years old, but they have been doing it since they were small children. Speaking of small children, do you think any of the small children in the Muslim faith would dare disrespect the Koran or anything to do with their supposed faith? I doubt it because they would be killed. All these other religions will not tolerate such behavior but the united states whose people have fought for that right are denied even the respect of letting your protests take place at another time and place.

        • gvette

          You raised your children well. To bad the football players parents didn’t do as well.

          • dmttbt

            I don’t want to give the impression that either turned out to be angels or even close but there is time for them to do well and I hope they will. You can only teach them and hope they choose the right things, after a while it is out of your hands.

          • gvette

            None of us are angels. It sounds like you taught them well!

        • bobnstuff

          Just so you know the National Anthem is not part of any religion and if you ask anyone who has had to play or sing it you would find it’s not even a very good song. I bet few of the people complaining about the protest can’t even sing anything other then the first verse. The anthem has nothing to do with the military or those that served their country. The Star Spangle Banner has only been our national anthem since 1931. The right to protest is much more American them the anthem and unlike the Star Spangle Banner is protected in our constitution. This whole thing is stupid and a waste of time, just like Pro Sports.

          • disqus_CeZmTpgh9W

            So if you do not like our national anthem, move somewhere else! How about China? Complain about it there and see what happens!

          • bobnstuff

            We have a number of much better pieces of music that have been used in the past. America the Beautiful for one.
            O beautiful for spacious skies,
            For amber waves of grain,
            For purple mountain majesties
            Above the fruited plain!
            America! America!
            God shed His grace on thee
            And crown thy good with brotherhood
            From sea to shining sea!

          • dmttbt

            Since this is a long standing process to play the National Anthem you think the best answer is to play something different. Did you help re decorate air force one with Obama?

          • dmttbt

            Neither is Islam.
            I guess you think if something is difficult to play or sing we should disregard it all together.
            I don’t believe I said it was part of a religion and If I did that was truly a mistake. I believe in rules to live by, not religion. Man is the preacher and as all human beings has no more power than anyone else.
            It is however a song that people show their respect for when it is played. That is most decent people. You have the right to stand and just do nothing but what I am hearing from NFL players is that they are protesting the treatment of blacks. I don’t know how long it took them to come up with that.
            Yesterday I saw Ray Lewis in the news saying that he takes both knees because he is praying. I think he has a lot to pray about since he was not convicted of the murder he was charged with.

    • SickoftheBS

      Of course this is all Trumps fault. So says the Libtards!

      • bobnstuff

        How big was the problem before Trump made his speech and how big is it now. Enough said.

    • Rodzzz

      Are you taking a knee while you accuse our president of creating this problem?

    • dmttbt

      You have your right to your opinion but I wish you would keep it to yourself or shove it up your_______.

    • dmttbt

      When you say the national anthem is not part of any religion, I say what the hell has that got to do with anything. Amazing Grace was not or is not a part of any religion but they all sing it. Are you looking for a song that was written in the Bible? People write those songs and that is the way it is. I can’t believe that I am wasting my time even talking about this. BTW if someone knows amazing grace really well they probably learned it while in jail or rehab.

      • bobnstuff

        Amazing Grace is one of the first song you learn on the bagpipes or the five string Appalachian dulcimer and is not from the Bible. It was written by John Newton in 1779 and was made popular by Judy Collins. It’s popular because anyone can sing it and sound OK unlike the Stars Spangled Banner that few people sing well.

        My point in this whole thing is the National Anthem is not some kind of holly thing and doesn’t even go back that far in our history. If you want to get upset do it over something that really matters not this. If this was the worst thing happening right now it would make for a interesting debate but with everything that is going on it should be a small footnote and no more. The fact that President Trump has wasted so much time on it shows how much he cares about peoples real problems.

  • joleenworden

    Someone needs to proofread their article, because you said “disapprove” for both numbers. I might add that an even higher percent of people disapproved in another survey. Colin is not even Black and was raised in a white family so he had no real reason to protest anything. This all started when he broke his fantastic long term contract to be a free agent and then could not get a better contract anywhere. So he needed to do something to get lots of attention.

    • Rodzzz

      He is a negro. His behavior proves so.

      • Glen Sackett

        He actculy Is not. He is half black. Being black is his excuse for how he acts.

        • Rodzzz

          That is the truth and nothing but…..

    • 7818TD

      He’s a Marxist, and they do not like our Country. He needs to haul ass to Cuba, or Venezuela where he can be among his own kind.

    • truthseeker

      A lot of these NFL players hate our Police, cause they have been in trouble with the law in the past several times. Our flag means nothing to them, cause if you do not work for it , you will not appreciate it. Good example of this is these guys went to the UK and refused to stand for our Nation, but had been so Proud to stand for a Nation that took all of our rights away from us and we had to fight to get them out. I have never understood why they say, ” God Save the Queen”. For what purpose, she was born into it .

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