Sports in Society

Poll: Americans split on athletes, leagues pushing for social change

Among avid sports fans, 65% said that athletes should use their standing in favor of social change, compared to 51% of general populationNBAE/Getty Images

A new poll conducted by YouGov for Seton Hall revealed that "half of Americans support sports leagues and athletes using their influence to enact social change," according to Jay Busbee of YAHOO SPORTS. On whether sports organizations, such as leagues and teams, should use their influence to effect social change, "48 percent of the population responded 'Yes,' with 36 percent responding 'No' and 16 percent offering no opinion." Almost the same percentage of self-identified casual fans "agreed with the statement, while 61 percent of 'avid' sports fans agreed with the statement." More than half of the general population, 51%, "answered 'yes' to the question 'Should athletes and/or player associations use their influence to affect social change?" That percentage again "rose among more devoted sports fans, with 65 percent of avid sports fans agreeing that athletes should use their standing in favor of social change." On whether they would support the NFL moving the Super Bowl to another state if particular voting legislation became law in Arizona, "49 percent of Americans, and 64 percent of avid sports fans, supported the idea, with 30 percent overall against it and 21 percent overall having no opinion" (, 4/30).

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