We’ve all heard about how Americans don’t want to talk about politics during the Thanksgiving celebrations. Sure, we’d all rather be enjoying family, friends and libations. But does that really mean we don’t care about politics? No, it doesn’t. But media doesn’t want to give you that information. So here is the breakdown of the latest polling.
Quinnippiac Polls reports:
Voters 18 to 34 years old say 72 – 22 percent that they don’t want a side dish of politics with their turkey, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Men want to avoid politics 58 – 30 percent and women say can the controversy 67 – 22 percent.
The way people talk about politics is contributing to violence in the U.S., American voters say 69 – 27 percent.
Well, of course. Holidays are a break from day to day drudgery. But, here’s what they really feel about what’s been going on in the last few years/months.
American voters disapprove 52 – 42 percent of some National Football League players choosing to kneel during the National Anthem. Men disapprove 54 – 39 percent while women disapprove by a narrow 49 – 44 percent.
But voters say 67 – 31 percent that NFL players have the right to protest by taking a knee. There is virtually no gender gap, but a wide partisan gap: Supporting players’ rights are Democrats 88 – 11 percent and independent voters 69 – 29 percent. Republican voters say 58 – 39 percent that players do not have the right to protest.
Sandwiched in with the turkey, 44 percent of American voters, including 50 percent of men and 39 percent of women, plan to watch football this Thanksgiving.
Because of the NFL player protests, 27 percent of voters are watching less football these days, while 66 percent say they are watching about the same amount.
“Most voters don’t approve of NFL players taking a knee in protest, but two-thirds say players have a right to protest and 27 percent of voters/viewers are exercising their right to turn off the game.”
Only 17 percent of American voters say they are less likely to watch football because of reports of severe brain damage among NFL players.
So, if someone tries to tell you politics didn’t play a part of your Thanksgiving holiday, forward this poll to them.