What polls say about athletes protesting their own nation at Olympics


Almost half of U.S. adults — 46% — say athletes at the Summer Olympic Games should not be permitted to “publicly engage in protests, such as displaying political messaging in signs or armbands, kneeling, disrupting medal ceremonies or making political hand gestures,” The Washington Times reports.

That’s the key finding of an Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted July 24-27.

It also revealed that 74% of Republicans, 53% of independents, and 23% of Democrats agree that political activities should not be allowed during the global sports competition.

Another 33% overall, however, say the athletes should be able to publicly engage in such protests or gestures; 13% of Republicans, 28% of independents, and 57% of Democrats agree.

Another 21% overall are not sure about the issue; that number includes 13% of Republicans, 19% of independents, and 20% of Democrats.

Other public opinion research suggests that the public is tired of politics in the Olympics.

“The Olympic spirit is a bit dampened this year,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

They found about a third aren’t interested in the Olympics due to the protests.

Why are they representing the US if they hate our flag and anthem so much? The whole idea of the Olympics is to proudly represent one’s country. No other country has athletes who embarrass their fellow countrymen.

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1 year ago

Black Anthletes need to be told that if they want their protest to become front page news then they will be banned and thrown off the team never to be allowed to participate as an Olympian ever again. Then hold tight to that decision with resolve.

If sports is the only avenue Blacks believe they have going for themselves then they need to realize that the large majority of their fans are White. So my friends how do Blacks believe they can get away with slapping Whites and our Constitution in the face all the while relying on we Whites to watch them play while earning their Million dollar yearly salaries. You blacks may just find that you cut off your collective noses to spite your faces !!!

Mad Celt
1 year ago

I don’t care if they get hopelessly lost on their way to the stadium.

John Vieira
John Vieira
1 year ago

Since the whole idea is to represent one’s country…the country should NOT present them…no funding amigos…

Poncho de Pluey
Poncho de Pluey
1 year ago

Tommie Smith and John Carlos did it first back in 1968 but then again the modern LARP SJW are just reheating some tales from aging dirty sh1t hippie parents while prattling on about how oppressed they are by the man.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Avery Brundage, himself an American, deemed it to be a domestic political statement unfit for the apolitical, international forum the Olympic Games were intended to be. In response to their actions, he ordered Smith and Carlos suspended from the US team and banned from the Olympic Village. When the US Olympic Committee refused, Brundage threatened to ban the entire US track team. This threat led to the expulsion of the two athletes from the Games.[11] However, contrary to a common misconception, the IOC did not force Smith and Carlos to return their medals