…it’s media people, supposed educated, learned people who are — further, it’s all part of the effort to make these guys look oppressed and discriminated against and so forth. And, of course, whatever they do, why that can’t be divisive. Why, that’s only uplifting. When it is divisive, and you can look at the stands and TV ratings to see that it is. It’s just common sense. It’s now in utter, total denial. – Rush Limbaugh on NFL Protests, 9/25/17
Foxnews.com reports that
The National Football League is taking some hits these days. A new Fox News Poll finds that since 2013, the league’s favorable rating has dropped 18 points.
Today, 46 percent of voters have a positive view of the N.F.L. while 41 percent view it negatively. Four years ago (the last time the question was asked), 64 percent had a positive view of the league and 19 percent were critical.
“If the NFL were a political candidate, alarm bells would be going off in campaign headquarters,” says Democratic Pollster Chris Anderson who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican Pollster Daron Shaw.
The downward shift on favorability comes mainly from Republicans (-37 points), whites (-23 points), men (-23 points), and independents (-14 points).
Majorities of Democrats and nonwhites continue to have a favorable view of the N.F.L, yet there’s also a drop in favorability among these groups. Positive sentiment among Democrats is down 6 points (66 percent in 2013 to 60 percent now) while among nonwhites it is down 3 (64-61 percent).
N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell made clear in an October 10 letter to team executives that the league thinks “everyone should stand for the National Anthem.” Americans, however, are increasingly more likely to think kneeling is an appropriate form of protest.
Forty-four percent think kneeling during the national anthem is appropriate, up from 41 percent who felt that way last month and 32 percent who said so last September. Sill, a majority thinks it is inappropriate (52 percent).
Most Republicans (88 percent inappropriate vs. 12 percent appropriate), baby boomers (61-33 percent), men (60-37 percent), and whites (60-38 percent) think kneeling during the national anthem is inappropriate.
The opposite is true for Democrats (67 percent appropriate vs. 27 percent inappropriate), millennials (65-32 percent), and nonwhites (61-30 percent) who think kneeling is an apt form of protest.
Women (50 percent appropriate vs. 45 percent inappropriate) and independents (46-50 percent) are more divided on the issue.
Voters who have an unfavorable opinion of the N.F.L overwhelmingly think kneeling is inappropriate (78 percent), while those who view the NFL favorably think it’s appropriate (62 percent).
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,005 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from October 22-24, 2017. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.
Okay. Here we go…
What this poll actually shows has nothing at all to do with the NFL.
It has to do with the same dynamic that we are witnessing being played out daily in the 24/7 Cable News Cycle and in the few newspapers that are left across this country.
This nation is still experiencing a Political Division of a magnitude never before seen.
A Political Division which came to fruition during the 8 long arduous years of the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.
The NFLPA was not protesting during those years, however. Just Colin Kaepernick and he did it to impress his Muslim girlfriend, a poor choice which led to his present unemployment, along with the cold hard fact that he is actually not that good of a quarterback.
No matter the feeble explanations which have been given by the NFL Players themselves, the fact of the matter is that the election of Donald J. Trump and the poor advice of external Liberal Protest Groups, such as Black Lives Matter, have caused these players, at least some of whom graduated college Thank You, Laudy, instead of Cum Laude, to make the decision to kneel and disrespect the flag and the national anthem of a country which has made them multi-millionaires for playing a game which the majority of American kids growing up in the Heartland played out in our yards with our friends.
I have written before that those who have influenced these players to kneel have played these poor saps for suckers.
I truly believe that.
If you don’t believe that to be the case, go back and read all of the articles, written by Liberal writers bemoaning the “violent NFL” and the subsequent articles written about the “Concussion Scandal” in the league.
Heck, go rent Will Smith’s bomb of a movie about the “problem”, titled simply “Concussion”.
Liberals have always turned up their noses at the NFL AND their fans.
What better way to kill two birds with one stone than to convince the players that it is cool to protest on “company time” by sharing a minority political philosophy through insulting our municipal police forces and the symbols of our country at the same time?
Who in their right mind would believe that would be accepted by average Americans?
Probably the same simpletons who believed the National Polls predicting that Hillary Clinton would be the 45th President of the United States of America.
Buh Bye, NFL
You turned America’s Pastime into Political Theater.
And, American turned you off.
Until He Comes,