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Poll: Most Black People Oppose Protests During National Anthem at the Olympics

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Last week, black U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised eyebrows by refusing to stand at attention during the national anthem, but a new poll finds that most blacks don’t agree with such actions.

A new I&I/TIPP poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly reject athletes showing disrespect for the American flag at the Olympics.

The poll found that 79% of respondents say it’s important “for professional athletes to publicly respect the American flag on the international level,” while 60% say it is “very important.”

However, only 16% of the adults surveyed think it’s not important.

But even when broken down by gender, race, party and the like, the anthem protesters have little support.

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Per Issues & Insights:

This sentiment was true across the board, with majorities in almost every demographic group broken out by the I&I/TIPP poll saying it was important for U.S. athletes to show respect for the flag when competing against athletes from other nations. That includes nearly two-thirds (61%) of black people surveyed and 69% of Hispanics.

By party breakdown, 93% of Republicans say showing respect is important, compared with 72% of Democrats. Support for showing respect increases with education as well – going from 73% of those with a high-school education to 81% of those with some college, and 83% of college graduates. Other breakdowns are shown in the nearby table.

Only young people don’t care if athletes respect the flag. Just 49% of those aged 18-24 say respect for the flag is important, while 39% say it’s not. Last week’s I&I/TIPP poll report showed members of this same age group were least likely to say they are proud to be an American: Just 36% said they are “very” or “extremely” proud of their nationality.

It isn’t likely that these anti-American athletes will care much whether their hate is supported by the public.

It won’t be until a massive backlash hits sports that this garbage will begin to come to an end.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.




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