Majority of Americans Do Not Think Collegiate Athletes Should Be Paid

A majority of Americans say college athletes should not be compensated beyond scholarships, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll released today. But when marketing, including video games, are involved, two-thirds of respondents said collegiate athletes should be compensated if their names or likenesses are used, according to […] Read more »

Among fans less interested in NFL, more cite anthem protests than head injuries

The National Football League knows that last season’s national anthem protests by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players turned some fans away from the sport. While the number may be a small percentage of overall fans, the league has grappled with how to approach the issue and the effect anthem […] Read more »

U.S. Business Sectors Gain or Hold Steady in Public Esteem

Americans’ overall impressions of six major sectors of the U.S. economy grew significantly more positive this year. Farming and agriculture saw the biggest improvement, with 70% now viewing it positively, up 15 percentage points from 2016. Americans are also more positive about education, the computer, real estate and sports industries, […] Read more »

Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests. Here’s the evidence.

Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. The protest was on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. … Decades of research on public opinion has found that negative racial attitudes are strongly […] Read more »

HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll of Sports Fans

When it comes to the NFL draft, most American football fans aren’t too thrilled if their favorite team ignores a top college prospect’s history of questionable behavior. Most fans oppose their favorite NFL team drafting a player with a history of physical violence against women. … Turning to politics, do […] Read more »

​​​​​​The American Identity: Points of Pride, Conflicting Views, and a Distinct Culture

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order last month on immigration and refugees, Americans are supportive of the country’s diversity and generally favorable toward immigration. However, according to a recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for​ Public Affairs Research, Americans are less favorable toward refugees and […] Read more »