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Poll: Most parents support their kids playing football

Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown, nearly four-in-10 Americans – 37% – say they would encourage their child to play another sport other than football due to concerns about concussions, according to a newly released result from the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By contrast, 60% of respondents say they disagree and would back their children if they wanted to play football.

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These findings are essentially unchanged from an NBC/WSJ poll from a year ago, when 40% said they’d encourage their children to play another sport, while 57% wouldn’t.

In the new poll, the percentage preferring their children play a different sport due to concerns about concussions is higher among seniors (51%), those with post-graduate degrees (50%), liberals (49%), Democrats (47%), Obama voters (46%), urban residents (40%), women (40%), and those who don’t have children under 18 living in their household (38%).

And it’s lower among conservatives (28%), those ages 18-34 (28%), Republicans (30%), Romney voters (30%), those with a high school education or less (31%), men (32%), and those who do have children under 18 living in their household (34%).

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Jan. 14-17 of 800 adults, and it has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points. 

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Poll: Most parents support their kids playing football