Poll: Fans disapprove of NFL's handling of recent issues

Sep 18, 2014 4:27 PM by News Staff

An NBC News/Marist Poll finds that 53 percent of Americans and 57 percent of football fans disapprove of how the NFL has handled recent reports of domestic violence by several of its players.

Despite disapproving the leagues handling of the issues, only 29 percent of adults believe Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign and a whopping 85 percent say the recent news hasn't changed the amount of football they will watch.

Last week's television ratings back up the previous claim, according to Nielsen's list of top the television programs for September 8-14, NFL programming accounted for the top six most viewed prime-time programs, and eight of the top ten.

Ray Rice and three other NFL players all face domestic violence allegations so far this football season. The most recent arrest came Wednesday, when Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathon Dwyer was accused of beating his girlfriend and a child.

Possibly the most talked about scandal involves the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson. The star running back has been indicted on child abuse charges in Texas, sparking a nationwide debate about where to draw the line between child abuse and discipline. The NBC poll found that 60 percent of Americans believe it's wrong to discipline their children by striking them with a paddle, switch, or belt, versus just 34 percent who think it's right. With that said, 51 percent of respondents in the South say it's right.

NBC Nightly News correspondent Peter Alexander will have an in depth report on this poll tonight on KNVN-24 at 6:30 p.m.


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