Aug 31, 2018 - Sports

Poll: Voter opinions nearly split on protests during national anthem

NFL players kneeling during the anthem

San Fancisco 49ers players kneeling. Photo: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Opinions regarding NFL player protests against racial inequality and police brutality remain split with 54% of voters saying it is inappropriate to kneel in protest during the national anthem, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By the numbers: An overwhelming majority of Republicans believe it is inappropriate to do at 88%, but a majority of Democrats say the protests are appropriate at 72%. Overall, 43% of voters say kneeling during the anthem is an appropriate way to protest.

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