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Most Americans now agree with Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest: poll

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What a difference four years makes.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who polarized the nation in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem, now has the support of a majority of Americans, according to a new poll.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, 52% of Americans now say it is “OK for NFL players to kneel during the national anthem to protest police killings of African Americans,” a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows.

In 2016, only 28% of Americans agreed with Kaepernick’s stance when a similar poll was taken and the number only jumped to 35% in 2018.

Democrats strongly favored the right to protest, at 77%. Only 20% of Republicans, and 20% of self-described Trump voters, said yes. Along racial lines, 77% of blacks, 57% of Hispanics and 47% of whites answered positively.

The poll of 1,570 Americans took place last month.

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