Parents mull whether or not to let kids play football

40 percent would sway kids from the game

Megan Cloherty | November 15, 2014 12:17 am

While parents watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, many of them won’t be encouraging their kids to pick up a football.

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 40 percent of Americans respond they would sway their kids away from playing the game due to concussion concerns and other dangers.

Other poll findings include some responses differ based on income levels. Nearly half of the participants in the poll’s highest income bracket say they don’t want their kids on the football field because of concussion fears. But only 28 percent of respondents in the poll’s lowest income bracket, felt the same.

There also seems to be a difference in the sentiment about kids playing the sport among political party lines. The poll finds Democrats are more likely to guide their kids away from the pigskin. But Democrats are split almost evenly between those who would discourage their kids from playing football and those who wouldn’t

Overall, however, Americans are still in love with the game with 57 percent surveyed responding they would not hesitate if their child wanted to put on a helmet.

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