Oversampling College Students, Underestimating NFL decline

Accuracy In Academia | 10/8/2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
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A recent Cato Institute poll shows Republicans, at least those surveyed by the libertarian think tank, and average voters are at odds with each other on the NFL controversy.

“Sixty-five percent of Republicans say that NFL players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem should be fired,” Cato pollster Emily Ekins said on Sept. 28 in a First Amendment conference at the Libertarian think tank. “This is wildly out of step with what most Americans think.”

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“Sixty-one percent say that players should not be fired for refusing to stand.” Yet, the Cato survey oversampled college students.

Moreover, the Cato poll missed the hit to the NFL’s gate. Fox News host Sean Hannity has been gleefully posting the steep decline in NFL ticket sales ever since football players started taking a knee en masse, although the league is doing its level best to spin the damage.

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“This week, they’ve seen a 21.8 percent decrease in sales compared to before Week 4, but that was pretty much...
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