Poll: White Americans disapprove of national anthem protests

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, in San Diego. The Santa Clara police chief has vowed to continue providing a safe environment at San Francisco home games after the union representing his officers threatened to boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers don't discipline Kaepernick for criticizing police and refusing to stand during the national anthem. Chief Michael Sellers said in a statement Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, that he will urge union leadership to put citizens' safety first. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.

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