How do Americans feel about the anthem at sporting events? It depends which Americans you ask.
Those views align with most Americans’, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in March that found that 84 percent of Americans support the anthem being played or sung before professional sporting events. Seventy-one percent feel positive when the song plays. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and its Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement.
The results also hint at the stark racial divide among Americans about how they feel about the song. While four-fifths of White Americans and two-thirds of both Hispanics and Asian Americans say the anthem makes them feel positive, a much smaller 35 percent of Black Americans share those emotions. And 22 percent of Black Americans say they feel negative when they hear the song at sporting events.