Americans support NBA player strike by sizable 2-to-1 margin
A new poll indicates that NBA players enjoy widespread support for their decision to strike this week amid the outrage over and ensuing fallout from the Jacob Blake shooting.
In fact, Americans back the social justice activism demonstrated by NBA players by committing to their boycott to protest continued systemic racism and police misconduct by a whopping 2-to-1 margin.
The survey of 7,425 Americans was conducted by YouGov and yielded the following results, as laid out by Mediaite.
The poll finds that 45 percent of people “strongly support” the players, with another 12 percent saying they “somewhat support them.” Twenty-one percent of those polled “strongly oppose” the job action, while another 7 percent “somewhat oppose.” So overall, support beats out opposition by a more than 2-to-1 margin, 57-28.
Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven times in the back by officers in front of his children in Kenosa, Wisc., last Sunday. It inspired widespread outrage among players, not to mention coaches, in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla.
The decision to boycott Wednesday’s slate of three postseason games of course became a polarizing issue, with even members of the Donald Trump administration condemning and/or mocking the players’ actions.
Speaking of Trump, he unsurprisingly continued to be the polarizing presence in the sports world he has been throughout his presidency with his comments Thursday on the NBA player strike.
“I know their ratings have been very bad, and that’s unfortunate,” Trump said. “They’ve become like a political organization, and that’s not a good thing. I don’t think that’s a good thing for sports or for the country.”
Despite Trump’s stated derision, social activism targeting systemic racism, social injustice and police misconduct of course has played a role in the NBA’s restart in Orlando.
Following tense meetings and much deliberation, NBA players ultimately agreed Thursday to restart the postseason, but not before three playoff games scheduled for Thursday were postponed as well. Play is expected to resume Saturday, per the latest reporting.
It also merits noting that along with the NBA, the WNBA, MLB, NHL and MLS all elected to postpone games this week.