Results reveal sharp partisan divides in perceived roles of athletes and celebrities
March 2018 University of Delaware Poll
MARCH 29, 2018—A majority of Republicans believe professional athletes
should not speak out about politics and causes, with a sizable portion saying it is
completely inappropriate for them to do so, according to a new national poll
conducted for the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication.
than 40% of Republicans say it is "not at all appropriate" for
professional athletes to speak out about political issues or causes, compared
to approximately 5% of Democrats. At the same time, nearly 60% of Democrats say
such speech is "very appropriate," with just over 8% of Republicans
saying so. Independents are more evenly distributed across the scale.
national poll, conducted by RABA Research, comes just weeks after conservative
FOX News host Laura Ingraham rebuked LeBron James for "talking
politics" and said, "Keep the political comments to yourselves ...
Shut up and dribble."
the Sacramento Kings
players and owner
have spoken out
publicly about the
fatal police shooting of 22-year old Stephon Clark, followed by the
joint release of a PSA with the Boston Celtics calling for "accountability."
we are witnessing is a divide in terms of how Americans think about political
speech—in particular, who gets to speak," says Dr. Dannagal Young,
Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware.