A new CBS poll finds that a majority of Americans now believe kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest is acceptable.
A stunning 88% of Democrats are ok with kneeling during the anthem compared to only 23% of Republicans.
CBS News reports most Americans view professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial discrimination as an acceptable form of protest, but there are divisions along political, racial and generational lines.
These views come amid a shift we’ve seen in recent CBS News polling, with more Americans now saying that racial discrimination affects both individuals’ treatment by police and their chances of getting ahead in society.
Majorities of Black and Hispanic Americans think it’s acceptable for athletes to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest against racial discrimination. White people are divided, with just over half (52%) saying it is unacceptable.
But political partisanship may be playing a larger role in opinion than race. Eight in 10 White Democrats find kneeling during the anthem an acceptable form of protest. A similar percentage of White Republicans find it unacceptable.
Overall, we see many of the partisan splits we’ve seen on other matters concerning protests and race. Most Republicans say professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest is unacceptable. Most Democrats and a smaller majority of independents view it as acceptable.