Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Football may be America’s most popular sport but a lot of parents aren’t so sure they want their kids playing the game, largely because of a growing fear about head injuries.
The RAND Corporation wanted to know how parents really felt about football and their children, particularly with all the publicity surrounding the NFL and former players suing the league for damages because of concussions they sustained during their career.
Fifty-five percent of parents said they had no qualms about their sons playing football, which was far below the average of 90 percent for virtually all other high school sports.
The RAND researchers also got some personal information about the parents to see how that might influence their decision.
Interestingly, people who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 were twice as likely to allows their kids to play football than Obama voters.
As for education, parents who earned a college degree were 46 percent less likely to feel comfortable about their sons competing on the gridiron than adults who didn’t get a college diploma.
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