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From left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif in a photo takenOct. 2, 2016. A new poll shows that most white Americans disapprove of athletes protesting during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

October 12, 2016

Poll: White Americans disapprove of national anthem protests

WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that most white Americans disapprove of athletes protesting during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Some athletes have been refusing to stand during the national anthem as a protest of the treatment of blacks by police.

The poll by Quinnipiac University shows that white Americans of all ages disapprove of the protests by a margin of 63 percent to 30 percent.

Hispanic Americans disapprove of the protests by a smaller margin, 45 percent to 36 percent.

Black Americans of all ages approve of the protests by wide margins, 74 percent to 17 percent.

Overall, more than half of Americans — 54 percent — disapprove of the protests while 38 percent approve.