Professional sports had a +20 favorability rating last August. Now it’s -10:
I’m sure this has a lot to do with the fact that sports have become massively politicized over the past four months–the BLACK LIVES MATTER imagery everywhere, the anthem kneeling, the constant lecturing and sanctimony from players, coaches and sports media pundits. It’s all part of the reason Americans have turned their backs on sports.
But I want to draw your attention to the partisan split on viewing sports favorably: last August, Republicans were +11 on sports, now they’re -35 for a shift of -46 away from sports. Independents went from +26 to -10, a shift of -36. And Democrats have gone from +16 to +11, a shift of just -5
One of these things is not like the other. Republicans and Independents seem to be on the same page as it pertains to souring on sports, while Democrats have hardly budged.
I keep saying: the signs of a coming big Trump win are there, you just have to read between the lines.
Election polls keep showing Biden winning independents, but polls like this show us that’s probably not true. When it comes to the Hard Left Turn seen in American sports in recent months (really since Kaepernick first kneeled in 2016), Independents and Republicans are basically on the same page, while Democrats are on their own.
But even Democrats are turning against sports. Not a lot of them, but you would have figured that Democrats’ opinions of sports would have improved in the wake of all the BLM propaganda. It hasn’t; it has slightly decreased.
It’s too much for even Democrats.
I don’t understand why the sports world would want to become politicized. Sports is supposed to be an escape, a haven from the messed up world we live in. Beyond that, it’s just bad business to alienate half the country. I don’t know if sports leagues epically miscalculated and assumed BLM was way more broadly popular and uncontroversial than it really is, or if they have been fully co-opted by the radical left and repurposed into yet another propaganda factory even though they know it will cost them their audiences. I really don’t know, but I’d assume it’s the latter.
Just like the riots, the Hard Left Turn in sports has backfired spectacularly on the Democrats.