According to a new survey conducted by CBS, the majority of white Americans believe that professional athletes kneeling in protest during the nation anthem is unacceptable. According to the results, 52 percent of white Americans believe it is wrong for an athlete to kneel during The Star-Spangled banner, compared to 48 percent who say the protest is acceptable. Those findings contrasted dramatically to the opinions of black and Hispanic respondents, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of the demonstration at a rate of 88 percent and 62 percent respectively. In addition to race, the results also indicated divisions along political and generational lines among the 2,008 respondents. In total, 58 percent of all respondents said they believed it was acceptable for athletes to take a knee prior to a sporting event. But CBS said that when separating the respondents into more specific groups – particularly political ideology and race – a division of opinion is still very much evident. For instance, eighty percent of white Democrats said they found kneeling during the anthem acceptable, while 82 percent of white Republicans said it’s unacceptable. In more general terms, the trend continues. Removing race as a factor, most Republicans (77%) believe the protest is unacceptable, with most Democrats (88%) opposing that view. Younger people aged between 18 and 29 are the group mostly likely to deem kneeling during the anthem as acceptable. But, as the age of the respondent increases, the act is deemed less acceptable, with more than half of people over the age of 65 (57%) stating that it is an unacceptable form of protest.
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