Polling Society survey shows split on NFL violence response   

National opinion is mixed on how the NFL should deal with players accused of domestic violence, according to recent findings by the Emerson College Polling Society.

According to an Emerson College Polling Society report, 78 percent of respondents are following the story of Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, after an elevator surveillance video showed him hitting his fiancée. But when it comes to how he should be punished, opinions vary: 18 percent of respondents believe he should be able to play this week, 21 percent said this year, 33 percent said next year, and 28 percent  think he should be banned for life.

“If he is hitting his wife, he should just be put in jail,” said Connor Kelly, a junior visual and media arts major. “Then there would be no question if he should play or not.” 

The results show the approval rating is also low for Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, who allegedly hit his son with a tree branch.

Eighteen percent of respondents believe he should be able to play this week, 21 percent said this year, 33 percent said next year, and 28 percent think he should be banned for life.

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“Just because you are a sports player does not mean you are impervious to the law,” said Lindsay Miller, a senior marketing communication major. “If these allegations are true, they should not be playing.”