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Fans Favor Letting College Athletes Get Paid

Americans are closely divided over a new law in California that will allow athletes to cash in on their success in college. Those who follow college sports closest tend to like the idea more.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of American Adults favor a law like California’s that allows college athletes in their state to be paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Slightly more (41%) oppose such a law in their home state. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 1-2, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 1-2, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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