Last week, polling data suggested that most Americans think athletes shouldn’t protest during the national anthem. That average, of course, masks tremendous variation in attitudes. And our data, from the GenForward Survey, show that a far larger share of young people — 54 percent — support athletes protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem than the 38 percent of Americans in general who do. …
To disentangle millennial attitudes along demographic lines, the GenForward survey oversamples respondents from underrepresented racial backgrounds. That makes our data particularly well suited for examining the ways in which race and ethnicity shape how respondents experience and think about the world.
And race matters a great deal in attitudes toward athletes protesting police brutality. CONT.
Matthew Fowler & Vladimir E. Medenica, Monkey Cage