Black Americans Support Paying College Athletes. White People? Not So Much.

By | March 17, 2017

As the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments kick off this week, a majority of Americans who have any opinion on the subject are still opposed to paying college athletes, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

The survey found that 37 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat oppose paying college athletes ? beyond their scholarships, that is ? while 30 percent strongly or somewhat support the idea. The remaining third aren’t sure.

But dig a little deeper, and an interesting picture emerges: White and black Americans are sharply divided on the issue.

A majority ? 52 percent ? of black respondents are strongly or somewhat in favor of paying college athletes, while only 15 percent strongly or somewhat oppose the idea. Among whites, however, the numbers flip: Just 27 percent support paying those athletes, while 43 percent oppose it. (Huffington Post)

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