8/14: Let Vick Play, But Not In My Back Yard, Say Football Fans

August 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Football, Sports, Sports Bench

The Philadelphia Eagles have made the controversial decision to sign Quarterback Michael Vick to a two-year deal.  But, was it a good idea in the eyes of public opinion?



Although Vick was convicted and served prison time for his role in operating a dogfighting ring, a majority of football fans nationwide — 57% — agree with the NFL commissioner’s decision to allow Vick to return to the league.  36% disagree with that decision.  Younger fans and men are more likely to be in favor of the ruling compared with older ones and women.

However, the tides turn when it gets personal.  When asked if fans would want Vick to join their favorite professional football team, 53% report they would not while just 37% say they would.  In Vick’s new backyard, he will have a hard time winning over pigskin fans.  62% of fans living in the Northeast say they would not want Vick quarterbacking for their beloved team.  In fact, more gridiron diehards in that region maintain this view compared with any other area nationwide.

Table: Vick’s NFL Return
Table: Vick’s Signing With Favorite Team

Time Served…Majority Supports Convicted Athletes to Return to Sports

A majority of Americans — 53% — believe sports players who have been convicted of a crime should be allowed to return to the sport after serving their time in prison.  Approximately three in ten — 31% — think they should be banned from the sport for life.  Even more football fans — 60% — report they should be permitted to play.

There is a large gender difference on this question.  64% of men compared with 42% of women say they should be allowed to show their athletic prowess, again.

Table: Sports Players’ Return After Conviction

Marist Poll Methodology


5 Responses to “8/14: Let Vick Play, But Not In My Back Yard, Say Football Fans”

  1. Poll Shows Vick Has Less Support Among Women - The Fifth Down Blog - NYTimes.com on August 14th, 2009 6:05 pm

    [...] Although most football fans nationwide agree with commissioner Roger Goodel’s decision allowing Michael Vick to return to the N.F.L., men and women feel very differently about that decision. Seven in 10 male fans are in favor of Vick’s return to professional football after serving 19 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, but only 4 in 10 female fans agree, according to a recent Marist Poll. [...]

  2. | Lucas Oil Presents MavTV's The Works on August 18th, 2009 12:36 pm

    [...] poll conducted by Marist shows there is a gender divide when it comes to opinions on whether Michael Vick should be allowed [...]

  3. laurie on August 18th, 2009 12:55 pm

    I firmly believe any athlete playing in major leagues and in any sport, should never be allowed to play professionally again if convicted of a crime which results in a prison term. Why should they be rewarded? Hiring Vick again at his million dollar a year plus salary is a wrong message to be sending to our children and other athletes who keep their noses clean. Vick’s crime was so heinous, he truly has to have something wrong with him to be able to do what he did. Saying “I’m sorry” is not enough. He made his bed, let him lie in it.

  4. George on January 16th, 2010 10:21 pm

    While I find his crime horrible, the man was convicted and served his punishment. Additionally he has expressed some degree of remorse. I wonder if people would have the same issues if he pumped gas for a living. Would they object to him getting another job pumping gas when he got out of prison.

  5. George on January 16th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Perhaps he can serve as an example that a person can get and make the most out of a second chance.

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