Poll: Half of Americans support athletes, leagues pushing for social change

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Half of Americans support sports leagues and athletes using their influence to enact social change, according to a new poll conducted by YouGov for Seton Hall University. 

Asked the question "Should sports organizations such as leagues and teams use their influence to affect social change?", 48 percent of the population responded "Yes," with 36 percent responding "No" and 16 percent offering no opinion. Almost the same percentage of self-identified casual fans agreed with the statement, while 61 percent of "avid" sports fans agreed with the statement.

Slightly larger percentages favored athletes pursuing social change. More than half of the general population, 51 percent, answered "yes" to the question "Should athletes and/or player associations use their influence to affect social change?" Again, that percentage rose among more devoted sports fans, with 65 percent of avid sports fans agreeing that athletes should use their standing in favor of social change. 

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jaybusbee or contact him at [email protected]