Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters believe that college athletes who play for major revenue generating sports programs be paid. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 32% disagree and 16% are not sure. If the school sells merchandise with a player’s name or picture on it, 64% believe the player should receive royalties.
One reason may be that many voters believe it’s already happening. Fifty-one percent (51%) think most successful college sports programs cheat by finding a way to pay top athletes under the table. Only 10% don’t think this happens.
Some college sports programs generate a lot of money and publicity for their schools. Fifty-six percent (56%) recognize that coaches at such schools are paid more than college professors. Thirty-two percent (32%) of aren’t sure. Just 17% incorrectly assume that the coaches make less than college professors or about the same as college professors
But, only 19% believe college coaches should be paid more than professors.
Related data released earlier showed that 61% say the admissions process at elite colleges is corrupt.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 22-23, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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