FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Nearly 76 percent of the respondents believe that President Donald Trump should stop posting on social media or commenting about NFL player protests of kneeling during the National Anthem, according to a statewide poll conducted this month by Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy.
Six out of 10 respondents believe the player protests are disrespectful, but almost the same number agreed that the NFL players have the right to protest, the poll said.
More than half of the respondents believe the most important issue facing the NFL today is brain injuries: 55.1 percent, compared with 15.6 percent reporting that protests during the National Anthem is the most pressing issue facing the NFL.
Other options of issues facing the NFL, rated in order of importance, include domestic violence, performance-enhancing drugs and quality of play/on-field performance. Nearly all the residents surveyed —92.9 percent — were aware of the NFL player protests taking place before games, the poll said.
The data came to light in response to one nationally focused question included on an otherwise Connecticut-specific poll examining budget concerns and quality-of-life issues in the state, poll organizers said.
In response to 55 questions about the economy and life in Connecticut, residents expressed significant anxiety over the state’s budget woes and the prospect of deep cuts to essential services instead of alternative tax revenue sources such as adding tolls on Connecticut’s highways and legalizing and taxing marijuana.
Great Blue Research is conducting the polling on behalf of the SHU Institute for Public Policy.
Results from 1,000 residents polled across the state during the first two weeks in October show one out of three residents believes the overall quality of life in Connecticut is “declining,” with nearly half of respondents making more than $150,000 per year reported they are considering moving out of Connecticut within the next five years.
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