Poll Results: College Athletes

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed February 1 - 2, 2014 on college athletes. The results show that Americans tend to oppose allowing college athletes to form unions. The margin of error is 3.8%.

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Do you think college athletes should be allowed to form labor unions to bargain over things like medical coverage and better terms for scholarships from their schools, or not?
Yes, they should . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%
No, they should not . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22%

Should colleges and universities be required to cover medical costs for former players if those costs stem from the former player’s participation in college athletics?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18%

If a college or university offers an athletic scholarship to a student who is subsequently injured and unable to play, do you think the school should be allowed to withdraw the scholarship, or should it be required to honor the scholarship?
It should be allowed to withdraw the scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14%
It should be required to honor the scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13%

Do you think college athletes should be paid by their schools, or not?
Yes, they should . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24%
No, they should not . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17%

Some people say that college athletes should legally be considered employees of their schools because many of them receive scholarships that are only paid if they participate in college athletics. Other people say that college athletes are students participating in athletics voluntarily and should not be considered employees. Which comes closest to your opinion?
College athletes should be considered employees of their schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
College athletes should not be considered employees of their schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17%

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