I figured this one would have substantial participation, and that turned out to be the case.
This week’s Seattle Sidelines poll addressed a topic that’s been the talk of the country over the past week. Last weekend many NFL teams took actions during the national anthem prior to their games as a means to protest against racial inequity. The Seattle Seahawks were one of the teams as they remained in the locker room as the national anthem played before their game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
Therefore, in this week’s poll I asked what people thought about the Seahawks’ anthem actions. Nearly a thousand votes were cast, and here’s what you said:
POLL: What is your opinion of the Seahawks' action on the national anthem Sunday? Full context here: https://t.co/1bmMx3mB60
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) September 25, 2017
So the majority of responders disapprove of Seattle’s actions. Add the two together and 61 percent disapprove, 31 percent approve, 5 percent are conflicted and 3 percent have no opinion. That’s a significant difference between the number who disapprove and approve, basically a two-to-one ratio.
One thing I found interesting is how few people who responded are conflicted about the issue. It seems to me there are many elements at work with this, including patriotism, race, equity and free speech. Yet it’s clear the vast majority consider the issue to be a black-and-white one rather than some shade of grey.
It’s not yet known what the Seahawks plan on doing during the anthem at Sunday evening’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field. However, should they choose to again remain in the locker room, they won’t have the support of the majority of responders to this poll.