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Most New Yorkers side with protesting NFL players, Siena poll shows

ALBANY – New Yorkers are siding with NFL players over President Trump.

A Siena College poll finds that 60 percent of New Yorkers support NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem as part of what they say is a protest against racial injustice.

That compares with 38 percent of registered voters who said the  NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem are being disrespectful and that they should protest on their own time.

Trump has sharply criticized players participating in the protest and slapped at NFL owners for not firing those who don’t stand for the anthem.

When broken down along different voter characterizations, the Siena pollsters found sharp disagreements over the matter. Seventy-one percent of New York Republicans called the one-knee protest disrespectful; only 22 percent of Democrats agreed.

Sixty-nine percent of New York City voters support the NFL players; upstate, that number falls to 49 percent. Eighty-eight percent of African American voters back the NFL players; that number falls to 53 percent among white voters.

Most Catholics say the protests are disrespectful; most Jewish and Protestant voters support the NFL players. And respondents making under $50,000 a year back the NFL players by a 70 percent margin while 58 percent of those with incomes over $100,000 say the protests are OK.

Trump’s standing among New Yorkers, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than two-to-one, continues to drag. In the new poll, 77 percent rate the job he is doing as president in the negative, showing little change from the previous Siena poll a month earlier.

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