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.
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.Advertisement - story continues below
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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