President Barack Obama sounded off on football this week. Now the rest of the nation has its say in a national poll, via Bloomberg News Service.
A Seton Hall Sports Poll reported that two-thirds of Americans would let their sons play football.
After Obama said in an interview with the New Republic published Jan. 27 that he would have to think “long and hard” about letting his son, if he had one, play football because of its violence, 21 percent of people who responded agreed with Obama’s stance, 67 percent said they’d allow their sons to play, 9 percent said they would not and 3 percent declined to answer, according to the poll.
The poll was published in light of Obama’s remarks because of the worries about concussions and their long-term effects.
Asked if it was appropriate for Obama to comment on the violence in college and pro football, 60 percent said yes, 33 percent said no and 7 percent didn’t answer.
“Despite the president’s position and despite the almost daily coverage of the concussion dangers presented by the sport, football is America’s favorite sport and parents want to continue the tradition,” said Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.
Seton Hall officials said the poll was conducted via telephone using 894 randomly selected people in the U.S. with an error margin of 3.3 percent.