Poll: Majority disapproves of Trump response to NFL protests

Poll: Majority disapproves of Trump response to NFL protests
© Getty Images

A majority in a new poll disapprove of President Trump's response to NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

A HuffPost/YouGov poll finds 57 percent of respondents disapprove of the way Trump has responded to the protests. Forty-two percent strongly disapprove of Trump's response, according to the poll.

ADVERTISEMENT

The poll also finds that 48 percent of respondents think it's inappropriate for NFL players to kneel in protest during the national anthem, while 36 percent think it's appropriate.

Seventy-six percent of those who think it's inappropriate said players should only protest outside of their professional life. Another 13 percent think they shouldn't protest at all and 8 percent think they should find a different way to protest during football games.

Still, only 30 percent of Americans think players who kneel during the anthem should be fired from their team.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 25 to 26 among 1,000 people. The margin of error is 4.1 percent.

A similar poll released Tuesday found a majority of respondents didn't think NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem.

President Trump sparked controversy last week after he attacked players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, calling for the league's owners to ban those players.

Scores of professional athletes have criticized Trump for his remarks and the league saw a number of public protests during games Sunday. Many players knelt or locked arms during the anthem.

Trump doubled down on his attacks this week and called for the NFL to put a rule in place that bars players from kneeling during the anthem.