A new poll has found that more than half of Louisiana voters surveyed think some form of punishment should befall NFL players who protest during the national anthem.
Of the 525 registered voters surveyed in a poll sponsored by the University of New Orleans, 30.2 percent said players should be fired, while an additional 26.6 percent said they should be fined. The remaining 43.2 percent answered that neither of those things should happen.
The sentiment comes following a week of leaguewide protests that saw one or more players on 18 different teams kneel during the anthem. The protests have been occurring to some degree since last season and began with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
All 32 teams conducted some form of demonstration, with two entire teams remaining in the locker room during the anthem. The entire Steelers team stayed in the locker room except for former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, who stood at the end of the tunnel as the anthem was performed.
The findings of the poll, which was conducted by robocall and has a margin of error of 4.28 percent, was also split along racial lines. Of the 157 black voters surveyed, 66.2 percent said nothing should happen to the players. Of the 327 white voters surveyed, only 29.4 percent said no punishment should occur.
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The poll also asked whether voters believe the national anthem is "a racist institution," and whether voters approve of President Donald Trump's job performance. The increased protests during Week 3 of the NFL season came after days of sharp rebukes by Trump during speeches and on Twitter.
In all, 75.9 percent of those surveyed said they did not believe the anthem itself is racist; 11.4 percent answered yes; 12.7 percent said they did not know.
In regard to Trump, 49.1 percent of those surveyed said they approved of his job performance, while 45.3 percent disapproved. The question was again heavily split along racial lines, with 65.7 percent of white voters polled saying they approved. Alternatively, 74.5 percent of black voters polled said they did not approve.
For the full results from the UNO poll, click here.
Below is a breakdown of how each NFL team conducted protests during the national anthem in Week 3.
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