Fox News Poll: Views shift on kneeling during national anthem

by Dana Blanton
September 28, 2017

Fifty-five percent of voters in the latest Fox News poll see kneeling during the national anthem as an inappropriate form of protest. That’s down six percentage points from 61 percent who felt that way a year ago (September 2016).

Those most likely to disapprove of the kneeling include majorities of men (60 percent), independents (62 percent), whites (63 percent), veterans (65 percent), Republicans (86 percent), and Trump voters (90 percent).

Overall, 41 percent consider kneeling an appropriate way to protest, up from 32 percent a year ago. The increase comes largely from a jump of 21 points among blacks, 17 points among Democrats, and 16 points among women.

The Fox News poll was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) among 1,017 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide reached on landline and cellphones from September 24-26, 2017. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for results among all registered voters.

100 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Dr. Mike Reeder says:

    I think this poll is not at all accurate. I know of NO ONE that thinks kneeling during the national Anthem is appropriate! I would like to know more about these “statistics”, where they were taken and exactly the kinds of questions asked. The entire country is more alive with boycotting the NFL and it’s sponsors than ever before!

    1. James Jones III says:

      How much of Trump dick do you suck in an hour ??????

      1. Dr. Mike Reeder says:

        What the hell do you have against honoring our Anthem, flag and those that served? You sir are a damned troll and I will NOT answer anymore of your filthy comments!

        1. James Jones III says:

          Fuck you , you little pussy.

        2. James Jones III says:

          Go finish sucking trump’s dick.

        3. James Jones III says:

          And when you’re finished sucking trump’s dick , go suck pence’s dick and then trumps sons dicks, you miserable ass kissing douche bag.

  • Kick these stupid jerks out of football or any other sport – they have been told this type of protest is offensive to fans and has no place in any sport – if they really feel so strongly then they should call press conferences somewhere other than on a field. They should go to the Black community and show-up personally with their donation, their time, his money while supporting them in front of mass liberal media, The leftest media will promote his protest with better results than his kneeling at a game. Of course I understand that like his ilk, he’s to lazy to do the job right, just another fake lying, ignorant fool.

  • roboteq says:

    And if Fox News really were conservative leaning, it simply would not have published such a poll. Polls are easily manipulated, biased as to how they are conducted and speculative at best. This is just more proof that Fox News is just another Progressive run media source pretending to be conservative while sneaking in liberal bias.

  • John E. Olsen says:

    I guess the owners and players feel that by standing with their arms entwined showing the team’s “unity” satisfies their obligation to stand during the National anthem. I personally don’t give dam whether the “Team” is unified or not. It is just a hypocritical form of arrogance to show that these millionaire athletes still do not wish to honor the flag but are doing it only because they “have to” so they don’t lose their cushy jobs because the fans and taxpayers who provide the money for their big stadiums and big salaries are getting pi***ed off at their disloyalty to to the rest of us patriotic Americans.

  • Pete Bundy says:

    The NFL is seeing viewership fall by 1/6, restaurants and sport bars turning the NFL off on the TV’s, people like me who will record college games on Saturday and watch them on Sunday and people who have burned their franchise gear and won’t attend games.

  • Navy Bob says:

    I honestly believe that we should protest the protesting. As the “customer” of their “product” we have the right to let them know our displeasure with the quality of that product. Not just the God awful play of some teams, but their distraction from our enjoyment of it. If you walked into a McDonalds to get a meal and your counter person knelt to protest your purchase, Burger King would be getting more business. This being said, I implore you not to go out and buy NFL stuff just to burn it. They could care less about your anger as they got their money for the clothing or other merchandise you have destroyed. If you have stuff you no longer want, give it to Goodwill or some other charity and let them see their sales fall. Use it to line you dog beds and you cat litter pans. Use it as rags to wash you cars.

  • Bob says:

    If you look at the margin of error for the poll it is 3%+/-. Last year it was 61%, this year 55%. That means a possibility of 58% both years. Although I think all of the numbers are way low, using their own numbers, I don’t think they can say there has been any decrease.

  • Taz says:

    I have boycotted the NFL, NBA, and MLB; I will also boycott any other sport that allows this crap. I can go play a round of golf or take care of something on my honey do list rather than support a bunch pro sports social justice warriors. They all need to actually serve a few years with actual warriors in the military for the pay of a an enlisted member, preferably an E-2.

  • Mercedes Waggoner says:

    The 2017 poll change resulted from the anthem ceremony not being televised as thoroughly or often; Like, repetitive advertising makes viewers believers.

  • George Kudszus says:

    An evil friend of “Kneel before your god, slaves!”

  • metheoldsarge says:

    Last year the polls had Hillary winning by a landslide. Interesting thing about polls. Put the right questions to the right audience you can get the desired results.

  • Ron says:

    This poll is in direct conflict with other polls showing over 60% of respondents opposed to this kneeling business. I believe this poll is an outlier. Remember, 12 November is the scheduled date for a nationwide boycott of the NFL. Personally, I’m done with them for good!

  • retired4ever says:

    Was this poll of football players only? I don’t know anyone who supports the kneeling during the national anthem. Were you hacked by the Russians, Obama or who. BS

  • Roy Thomas says:

    Wealthy immature ungrateful discontents – all of them. The best counter protest is to save your money and stay away from the games. What does any one game matter anyway over the course of time in years? Better views up close on the large screen TV’s. Your money (fan presence) is funding their lifestyle. A big drop in attendance will send them an appropriate message.

  • Philomena says:

    Ignorant overpaid people who disrespect our Flag should be ashamed of their behavior. Don’t attend the games and stop watching them on TV

  • PatriotGal says:

    FOX is trending left more and more every day with but a very few exceptions. Management is so left of center because of their spouses, I hate to watch it – so only watch Hannity, Tucker and Judge Jeanine; on FOX Business – only Stu Varney and Lou Dobbs; all else news, One America News Network.

    1. Mercedes Waggoner says:

      Absolutely … plus a couple new Brits FOX now have on the air and Judge Nap. Main FOX problem is they don’t put the “good’ coverage on their over the air channels … too many of our friends don’t have FOX News and Business channels.

  • Wayne says:

    Over paid lil bitches. You if they were protesting black on black murder, black on black crime, black abortion rates, but no, they are going to protest something that happens rarely. Now my personal pet peeve. First let me say that enslaving anyone is totally messed up but like it or not, slavery is responsible for blacks sucess in all sports. Before you get your panties in a bunch consider this. Slave owners practiced and controlled animal husbandry. They controlled which slaves bred with others to produce bigger, stronger faster slaves to benefit the owners. Blacks did not come from Africa as they are today. They are a product of controlled genetics. Slave owners just applied practices they had used in producing faster stronger bigger horses, beef cattle, oxen, dogs on and on. I’m in no way sayin blacks are livestock but, they do owe their sports sucess to breeding programs of slavery era.

  • tom cook says:

    Even if you treasure your tv time with the scum who are the NFL, join those of us who are true Americans and boycott the NFL totally on Veterans Day, Nov. 4. We were dodging bullets while you sat getting fatter.

  • generalJed says:

    Minorities, women, and liberals do not watch football. They can have all of that type of support and still die on the financial vine. Time will shortly tell who is telling the lies about the public supporting these overpaid street criminals.

  • duncmck says:

    the concept of programed consensus(polls) is a breeding ground of serfdom and apathy .polls??” i must be part of the establishments consensus” ..therefor i have an alliance ..the alliance makes me feel so inclusive and fuzzy inside .who cares about reality and life on the conditions of reason and intelligence?

  • Oldawg70 says:

    Boycott, Boycott, Boycott…take away their income and give them what they deserve…NOTHING!

  • Noah Rosenblum says:

    NOT watching any NFL games in TV, nor attending games at the stadiums !!!

    1. Mercedes Waggoner says:

      Could try not buying the TV sponsors products would put a hold on this … also think about cities ((aka taxpayers) that subsidize their stadiums … the latter won’t work because most don’t give a RA about the issue.

  • ARJAY says:

    When you consider the Trump HATERS, what ever stand President Trump takes, the TRUMP HATERS will take the OPPOSITE stand even if they AGREE with him!!!!

    1. Jerry says:

      These clowns cry that President Trump is dividing the country. What the hell do these clowns thing they were doing.

      1. Richard Wittauer says:

        Guess the reply’s that I’m seeing people know what’s really going on in D.C Thanks Everyone for waking the Hell up.Dems will hate anything to do with President Trump. Even if it’s very good for everyone Dems, Independents, and Republicans.

        1. Jerry says:

          That’s about it in a nut shell.

      2. ARJAY says:

        Or what oblamo does!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I Served With Honor says:

    Polling is a funny thing. That was certainly proven between 4PM Eastern Time, and 11PM on Election Day.
    Let me throw this little aberration at you…. 55% might say it’s “inappropriate”, but is that 55% equal to 85% of the NFL’s audience? How many Libtard women are watching the Packers vs Dallas on a Sunday afternoon.
    They just don’t know their audience, and will probably “be confused” (as was HRC and her troll friends) when the profit numbers come out….

  • Richard Wittauer says:

    I can’t believe those figures, To many boger’s out their stacking the deck. I truly think there are lots more people that believe in our flag, for how many men and women have died for it in many wars to protect their Freedoms & Rights.

    1. ARJAY says:

      Was the last poll heavy democrat leaning??

  • Askjrsk says:

    The NFL , not for long , and their sponsors are going down.

    1. BackingTrump says:

      I will be calling Dicks Sporting Good Store tomorrow and telling them that I will not be patronizing their store until they stop selling Nike and Under Armour merchandise!

      1. Askjrsk says:

        Patagonia, too. North Face another one.

  • mike says:

    The last election put polls to the test and they were found wanting. Hard to put any store in them. My opinion on this subject is the players when they are on my dime is to play football. Leave the politics to their dime. I no more watch my team. Screw them. They diss me I turn them off. Oh except to get a sample of the advertisers so that I pass up their products. No Bud, coke or Pepsi products.
    I am a veteran and retied LE officer. My wife has 4 years to go before she retires as deputy. We are not privelage, we have, like the many, worked for a living.We are thankful that we live in this country. Although opinions vary on its directions, it should not be disrespected.

    1. Mercedes Waggoner says:

      PS … Bud is said to be ‘reportedly’ among the worst health-wise brews one can imbibe.A bunch of holistics fi8nd Diet Coke isn’t too good for one’s innards. Thanks for your service Mike … I’m a VFW Auxiliary member.

  • Carolann Enkhaus says:

    Just a question from a person who was never a football fan but this disrespect shown by the players has given me a good look at them…so how come they are almost all black…why aren t there more white males on these teams…seems kind of racist to me with a token white here and there.

    1. ARJAY says:

      And how are THEY using their MULTI-MILLIONS to HELP those who are REALLY oppressed?!?!

      OH!!!! They aren’t helping ANYONE?!?!?!

  • Carolann Enkhaus says:

    So how come when Tebrow kneeled to give thanks it was considered offensive and not allowed?

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      Praying to God went against communist objectives which go hand in hand with NFL values these days.

    2. LJ says:

      Because the left is full of hypocrits. And their street and thought process only runs in one direction.

  • Floyd Sloan says:

    Not polling anyone I know! My friends are repulsed by these actions!

    1. Mercedes Waggoner says:

      Polls are like statistics … ask how the bosses want them to look.

      1. Floyd Sloan says:

        You are correct. Just ask Hillary!

  • Estoban says:

    Try again. These players are disgusting in their disrespect for our anthem.

  • PurpleLady 63 says:

    1,017 is not a good sampling for all of this country, FOX news is as bad as CNN, many of the polls you must have a Facebook acct. not everyone cares for the gossip sheet of the internet. If you cannot stand for the American Flag and honor it and the men and women who have defend it, Leave this country find one who will put up with you and your treason.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      How much did Russia pay for the poll on Facebook?

  • dumbvet says:

    US code 301 clearly states what to do during the playing of the national anthem. Anything less is in clear violation of said code. All the little overpaid Nancy boys who want to take a knee, go ahead and do it! What a great example all you bearded,wild haired, tattooed idiots, do what you want to do. I bet your momma is real proud of you!

  • Rock says:

    They must’ve done the poll in California… At work here, we have 2 FOR the kneeling and 42 AGAINST… I don’t believe that translates into even being remotely close to 41%…. I call B.S.

  • Dee says:


    1. Roy Thomas says:

      Stay away from the games – stay home and enjoy the local scenery. A few game tickets for a family will buy a very nice big screen TV. Dumb people with low financial prospects only live for the moment anyway.

  • LLuke47 says:

    These polls aren’t accurate, The great majority do not want these privileged morons disrespecting the country..

    1. Dee says:

      I don’t trust any polls . Most of them are deceiving and try to spin the truth . EVERYONE I KNOW IS OUTRAGED !!

      1. PatriotGal says:

        Received an email survey about OWEbama today – so decided to answer it.
        Did I support him? Yes No, but I wish I had
        Was he good for the country? Yes No, but now I know he was
        Did I miss him? Answers were Yes; NO, but I do now.
        and they continued in that vein – every answer was a positive one for OWEbama, so I marked it as SPAM, threw it in the trash, and blocked them.

    2. PatriotGal says:

      Must be the same polls that said KILLary would win by a landslide and that Trump had no chance of garnering 170 EC votes, let alone the number needed to win.

  • PBHayes says:

    This poll is total BS. I don’t know a single person who isn’t made as hell about these ignorant athletes pulling this crap. In fact everyone I know is boycotting the NFL as well as the NBA. To hell with all of them.

    1. Retired says:

      Political dislikes do not belong on a sports field or in award programs . It is time to put the media out to pasture . If the players do not like the national anthem then stay in the locker room until after it is done .

      1. BackingTrump says:

        Make them take the field and be looked “down on with disgust” rather than looked up to!

        1. Retired says:

          They do NOT have enough sense to take shame .

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      2. Mercedes Waggoner says:

        People not liking the anthem because it was too hard to sing has been a big issue for years but TBTG it never got much coverage or any like this.

    2. TAM44 says:

      Same here, they need us, we do not need them.

      1. James says:

        Not only do the players need us; but more importantly, the advertisers need us, apparently Budweiser has already figured this out and has pulled advertising. Or so I have heard; as I no longer watch any NFL games, to verify!
        Now it is up to WE THE PEOPLE to boycott all companies who continue to advertise on NFL games, as well as boycott all NFL games.

    3. Anthony says:

      Amen, that is gang like response, one idiot does it and the others follow, I guess if one steps in front of a train the others will follow

    4. George Reed says:

      I won’t waste my time watching these scum play ball

    5. Pete says:

      Those that kneel have for all purposes pi$$ed on the graves of those men and women that have given their lives for this country. This is an act of disrespect to the people who are at the moment keeping those same foolish children safe from harm.
      Their physical stature may be well above the national average but in reality the are extremely small men.

      1. PBHayes says:

        Excellent post. Wouldn’t it be nice if these so called men would read these opinions.

      2. Mercedes Waggoner says:

        Even worse, one knee is a resting position not praying or saluting anyone; do it on both with arms extended to ask their creator to bless their team and country. For our Muslim players, they should do their prayer rug prostration ritual to ask their creator for his help.

        1. Retired says:

          They are beyond help and lost without Obama to lead them .

    6. Frank629 says:

      PBHayes I totally agree and everyone i know feels the same.

  • Dea Whyte-Mansburten says:

    They can “protest” anyway they want…but I also think the team owners have a right TO FINE OR FIRE THEM for violating NFL rulebook protocol.

    1. astrojohn says:

      …except the owners are in league with their slaves – er, players…

      1. Askjrsk says:

        Plantations or football fields.

      2. ARJAY says:

        My thought exactly!!

      3. Jerry says:

        Or afraid of them.

      4. Bullfrog Man says:

        I don’t know any slaves that made a seven figure salary.

    2. leadfoot320 says:

      The owners can raise hell for players putting 9-11 on their shoes, but the players can BREAK THE NFL RULES (yes it is in their rules) WITH OUT GETTING IN ANY TROUBLE.

      1. Askjrsk says:

        And that’s bull

        1. leadfoot320 says:

          It is very clearly stated in their rules ! READ THEM !

          1. Askjrsk says:

            Oh, I know. Please don’t misunderstand me. You are spot on and rules are clear. The total disrespect of our country our flag our veterans our national anthem by these colored is disgraceful. Their behavior is bull, to be polite and civilized. I understand why so many have pictures of these obnoxious traitors and pee on them. Animals are peeing in yards where these pictures are staked on the grass. Former fans and all people are just furious.

    3. TAM44 says:

      I don’t care if they protest, just not on our dime. let them protest at their mansions on their time.

      1. PatriotGal says:

        Ah, but they ARE on our dime as you implied because of the tix we’ve bought – more to the point, those massive stadiums have been built with TAX MONIES thus our dime and they get tax exempt status, also on our dime.

    4. Anthony says:

      in some cases the owners are just as bad, it’s all business, the next time they do a knee job all the people on the stands should turn their back on them as they are playing

    5. George Reed says:

      NFL owners don’t have anything between their legs.

      1. Mercedes Waggoner says:

        Either air or fat.

  • Pat Cross says:

    screw those NFL losers

    1. helm20558 says:

      Damn, not Moulder and Scully.

      1. Ramon1710 . says:

        The truth is out there.

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