Mini Poll: Breaking Another Barrier?

Here are some statements that Americans have made about professional athletes. For each statement, please tell us whether you agree or disagree:


What athletes do in their private lives is their own business

Agree:
 52%
Disagree:
 48%

There needs to be an open discussion in the US about homosexuality and sports

Agree:
 36%
Disagree:
 64%

An openly gay athlete on a team harms the team

Agree:
 49%
Disagree:
 51%

An openly gay athlete on a team harms the sport

Agree:
 47%
Disagree:
 53%

I admire any athlete who is openly gay

Agree:
 38%
Disagree:
 62%

Public opinion in the US is moving toward greater acceptance of openly gay athletes

Agree:
 51%
Disagree:
 49%

Openly gay athletes should be excluded from team sports

Agree:
 46%
Disagree:
 54%

It is not appropriate for openly gay coaches, umpires, and referees to work with children

Agree:
 50%
Disagree:
 50%

If a star athlete in one of the big four pro men's leagues in the US - the NBA, the NFL, the NHL or Major League Baseball - were to come out, he would be likely be offered a major endorsement deal

Agree:
 25%
Disagree:
 75%

Please tell us whether you'd expect these sports to be tolerant or intolerant of gays in their profession where "5" is extremely tolerant and "1" is extremely intolerant:

Auto Racing

All Respondents

5:
 8%
4:
 6%
3:
 11%
2:
 19%
1:
 56%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 8%
4:
 6%
3:
 7%
2:
 21%
1:
 59%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 8%
4:
 4%
3:
 23%
2:
 15%
1:
 50%


Baseball

All Respondents

5:
 8%
4:
 18%
3:
 20%
2:
 16%
1:
 38%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 8%
4:
 16%
3:
 20%
2:
 7%
1:
 51%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 8%
4:
 25%
3:
 20%
2:
 44%
1:
 2%


Basketball

All Respondents

5:
 39%
4:
 23%
3:
 28%
2:
 8%
1:
 2%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 49%
4:
 24%
3:
 18%
2:
 7%
1:
 2%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 8%
4:
 20%
3:
 63%
2:
 9%
1:
 0%


Boxing

All Respondents

5:
 5%
4:
 6%
3:
 12%
2:
 29%
1:
 48%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 5%
4:
 6%
3:
 10%
2:
 21%
1:
 59%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 8%
4:
 8%
3:
 13%
2:
 58%
1:
 14%


Football

All Respondents

5:
 6%
4:
 8%
3:
 19%
2:
 26%
1:
 40%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 6%
4:
 8%
3:
 18%
2:
 17%
1:
 51%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 7%
4:
 10%
3:
 20%
2:
 55%
1:
 8%


Golf

All Respondents

5:
 22%
4:
 20%
3:
 9%
2:
 11%
1:
 39%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 22%
4:
 19%
3:
 7%
2:
 2%
1:
 51%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 23%
4:
 21%
3:
 13%
2:
 38%
1:
 5%


Hockey

All Respondents

5:
 7%
4:
 8%
3:
 17%
2:
 16%
1:
 51%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 6%
4:
 8%
3:
 15%
2:
 18%
1:
 53%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 10%
4:
 8%
3:
 21%
2:
 13%
1:
 47%


Soccer

All Respondents

5:
 11%
4:
 19%
3:
 15%
2:
 19%
1:
 35%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 10%
4:
 18%
3:
 13%
2:
 12%
1:
 46%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 13%
4:
 26%
3:
 20%
2:
 40%
1:
 1%


Tennis

All Respondents

5:
 29%
4:
 18%
3:
 13%
2:
 5%
1:
 34%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 29%
4:
 16%
3:
 5%
2:
 6%
1:
 45%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 27%
4:
 26%
3:
 41%
2:
 2%
1:
 3%


Wrestling

All Respondents

5:
 5%
4:
 6%
3:
 16%
2:
 27%
1:
 46%

Sports Fans Only

5:
 4%
4:
 5%
3:
 17%
2:
 17%
1:
 58%

Non-Sports Fans Only

5:
 9%
4:
 8%
3:
 12%
2:
 60%
1:
 11%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.