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Ray Rice Poll: Americans Believe NFL is Suffering From Epidemic of Domestic Violence Problems

on September 13, 2014

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.

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8 out of 10 GOP Primary Voters Back Speaker

Alexandria, VA – A new Vox Populi Polling survey shows Speaker Paul Ryan is well positioned to win not only the August GOP primary, but also the November general election. The poll of likely voters in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District found Ryan is leading his Republican primary challenger by 73 points, and enjoys an almost 20 point lead over a generic Democratic candidate.

“It’s remarkable how well positioned Speaker Ryan is for re-election this year,” said Vox Populi Pollster Michael Meyers. “Looking at the results it is clear that Ryan’s opponent is not mounting a credible primary challenge and in the general election Ryan’s numbers are incredibly strong.”

Ryan is not only dominating his primary contest, but he also leads with every age group, both men and women, and carries a near 2-to-1 lead among Independent general election voters. Among all candidates tested with name ID above 50%, Ryan is the only candidate with a net-positive name ID (+12), having more voters view him favorably than unfavorably. With only 11% of voters undecided, a majority of 54% would vote for Ryan if the general election were held today.

In addition, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a dead heat race (38-38) inside Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

To view the full results, click here.

Methodology: The sample size for the survey is 1,197 likely general election voters in Wisconsin CD-1 taken from a listed sample of registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 2.83%. 966 interviews were completed using automated telephone technology and 231 were conducted using mobile phones. All interviews were conducted May 22-23, 2016 by Vox Populi Polling. The total percentages for responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.


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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:

  • The Supreme Court vacancy issue ranks last in importance for all presidential candidates except Hillary Clinton’s supporters, 15% of whom prioritized the vacancy.
  • Half of voters believe Obama should not wait in appointing a new Justice. 86% of Democrats want the President to appoint the new Supreme Court Justice while 68% of Republicans think it is too close to the end of his term.
  • Voters chose the two most polarized Justices (liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and conservative Clarence Thomas) as their “favorite” member of the bench. 14% of all respondents and 25% of Democrat respondents identify liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg as their favorite justice, and 16% of the sample and 26% of polled Republicans recognize conservative Clarence Thomas as their favorite.

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.

To view the full results, click here.

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“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.

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