People Split on Whether Commissioner Goodell Should Keep His Job
Alexandria, VA – A new national survey from Vox Populi polling found that the majority of Americans believe the NFL has much bigger problems than the Ray Rice situation. The survey found that that an overwhelming 69 percent of Americans, 70 percent of NFL fans and 73 percent of female fans do not think it was an isolated incident, they believe the NFL has a widespread epidemic of domestic violence problems.
The spotlight on this problem is intense, with 91 percent of Americans saying they had read, seen, or heard something about the Ray Rice incident recently. The public is informed and do not believe in giving much leeway to players who are charged with domestic abuse. By a 47-39 percent margin people say players should be automatically banned from the league for domestic violence charges and 55 percent do not agree with Ray Rice’s sentence as part of his plea deal.
"The events of the last week should serve as a wake-up call to the NFL,” said Vox Populi pollster Brent Seaborn. “Americans overwhelmingly believe the NFL has a widespread problem with domestic violence and they support punishing the players who are charged with abuse.”
When it comes to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s role, Americans are split 50-50 on whether he should resign as a result of his handling of the situation. If he did see the video, 73 percent believe he should resign. Among a list of options, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was chosen as the best replacement with former NFL player and current Executive Vice President of NFL Operations Troy Vincent coming in at second.
Further, Americans appear willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the investigation being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Among those surveyed, 43 percent believe it will be impartial, 34 percent believe it will not be and 23 percent are unsure.
To see the survey results and methodology, click here.
Alexandria, VA -- Vox Populi Polling recently conducted a survey amongst likely voters to analyze voter sentiment around the issue of the open Supreme Court Justice seat following the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Following a week of non-stop news coverage, polls indicate that the Supreme Court justice appointment is unlikely to impact voter decisions in the 2016 general election. Only 5% of likely voters believe the Supreme Court vacancy is the most important issue in deciding which presidential candidate to support, whereas 39% prioritized economic issues and 21% selected foreign affairs and national security. Similarly, voters indicated the most important issues for selecting a congressional candidate to support are the economy (37%) and foreign affairs (21%) with just 9% choosing the Supreme Court vacancy.
“Media coverage doesn’t necessarily translate to influencing voter priorities,” said Vox Populi pollster Brent Seaborn. “Despite the glare of the media spotlight and intense political rhetoric on both sides, the polls show that the American people are far more concerned with economic and foreign policy issues in selecting the next President of the United States.”
More than a third (37%) of likely voters think President Obama should nominate a conservative to replace Justice Scalia, while 32% say that ideology should not matter in the selection process for a nominee. The poll also reveals:
Methodology: The sample size for the survey is 811 likely active voters. The margin of error is +/ 3.4. All interviews were completed using a mix of automated telephone and mobile-based survey technology on February 17-18, 2016 by Vox Populi Polling. The total percentages for responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.
“Support for strengthening online privacy spans across all ages, races and political affiliations. This level of support is typically unheard of in politics today. Considering implications for the upcoming 2016 elections, and the level of support among likely Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary voters, political candidates should take notice of this overwhelming support for ECPA reform,” said Michael Meyers of Vox Populi Polling.
The Digital 4th coalition commissioned a national survey and two state surveys of active registered voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Read the full memo here.
Alexandria, VA -- Vox Populi Polling recently conducted a survey, sponsored by a PAC unaffiliated with any of the presidential candidates, amongst likely Republican voters to analyze primary/caucus voter sentiment around the debates.
Presidential candidates Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were dropped to the undercard debate for the Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate on November 10. However, 65% of likely Republican voters believe Christie should speak in the main debate, and 46% believe Huckabee should be on the stage. Interestingly, the survey results indicate that the majority of Republican voters (54%) believe Rand Paul should not be on the stage. Paul is currently slated to join the main debate, but only 38% thought he should be there. While 70% of voters confirmed that Carly Fiorina should participate in the main debate, only 16% of voters felt Lindsey Graham--who failed to make the debate entirely--should be on the main stage.
The survey also indicates that Republican primary voters are very interested in the debates as a whole - with or without Donald Trump. 88% say they will probably or definitely watch the debate and 81% would watch with our without Trump’s involvement. When asked about which journalist would do the best job hosting a future GOP debate, top results included Bill O’Reilly (25%), Sean Hannity (16%), Rush Limbaugh (14%), and Mark Levin (11%). Additionally, following the recent GOP debate, 62% of likely Republican voters felt that the questions asked by the CNBC moderators were unfair.
Methodology: The sample size for the survey is 768 Likely GOP Presidential Primary and Caucus goers drawn from a national sample of registered and modeled Republicans and Republican primary voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.5. All interviews were completed using automated telephone and all interviews were conducted November 5, 2015 by Vox Populi Polling. The total percentages for responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.
To view the full results, click here.