Nearly One-Third of Americans Say They Would Not Let Their Son Play Football

A new survey released late last week from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) finds that nearly one-third (31 percent) of Americans would not allow a young son to play competitive football, a marked shift from last year when only 22 percent said the same. Women are more likely than men to say they would prevent their son from playing, as are Americans with a four-year college degree when compared to those with a high school education or less.8357183670_f8d2f7c083_m

The fourth annual survey of sports and religion, conducted among a random sample of 1,009 Americans by PRRI in partnership with Religion News Service (RNS), examines attitudes about the popularity of different sports, the safety of football, gambling and fantasy sports, concerns about professional football, and prayer and sports.


Full Findings Available Online

Detailed methodology and findings, with demographic breakdowns by religion, race, age, gender and more are available online at:


The survey was designed and conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service. The survey was made possible by a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. Results of the survey were based on bilingual (Spanish and English) telephone interviews conducted between January 20, 2016, and January 24, 2016. Interviews were conducted among a random sample of 1,009 adults 18 years of age or older living in the United States (611 respondents were interviewed on a cell phone). The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.6 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. 

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