Nearly half (46%) of American adults said that summer Olympic athletes should not be allowed to “openly participate in protests, such as displaying political messages on signs or armbands, kneeling, disrupting medal ceremonies, or making political gestures.”
This is the main finding of economists/Superior government A poll of 1,500 American adults from July 24 to 27.
It also revealed that 74% of Republicans, 53% of independents and 23% of Democrats agreed that political activities should not be allowed during global sports events.
However, another 33% said that athletes should be able to publicly participate in such protests or gestures; 13% of Republicans, 28% of independents, and 57% of Democrats agree.
Another 21% are not sure about this issue; this number includes 13% of Republicans, 19% of independents, and 20% of Democrats.
Other public opinion research shows that the public is tired of the politics of the Olympics.
“This year’s Olympic spirit is a bit frustrated,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Institute of Public Opinion Research at Independent Monmouth University.
The organization’s survey found that, overall, 36% of Americans said that compared with past Olympics, they are less interested in this year’s Olympics. In this group, one-third cited the reasons posted to the COVID-19 pandemic, while 34% “pointed to politics”.
The rest gave various reasons for the decrease in interest this year, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the analysis of the poll: “Pandemic-related responses are divided into two categories: one is people who question whether it is wise to hold the Olympics while the coronavirus is still active, and the other is those who believe that the Olympics has changed due to the pandemic. People are not so conspicuous anymore,”.
“The political reason is almost entirely because people are dissatisfied with athletes using the platform to express political views. Not surprisingly, slightly more than half of the Democrats (51%) of those who are less interested in the Olympics this year pointed out that the new crown virus is theirs. The reason for lack of interest, and slightly more than half of Republicans (51%) cited politics as the reason,” the analysis pointed out.
The Monmouth University poll of 804 American adults was conducted from July 21 to 26.