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55% say Amazon plays fair with USPS

April 10, 2018

President Donald Trump continues to harass Amazon—contending that the online shopping site pays the U.S. Postal Service too little to deliver its packages and is, therefore, ripping off taxpayers. But do the American people agree? That’s what Yahoo asked in a recent survey.

The Web-based news, email and search site released results on April 3 of a flash online survey of nearly 20,000 Yahoo Finance readers—which found that 55% say Trump is wrong and think Amazon plays fair. About 32% say Trump is right and think Amazon doesn’t play fair. Nearly 13% aren’t sure.

Yet Amazon is far more popular than Trump, at least among Yahoo Finance users. Overall, 70% of survey respondents have a positive impression of Amazon, compared with just 26% who have a positive impression of Trump. (In Gallup’s latest weekly survey, Trump’s approval rating is 39%.)

It is very unlikely Amazon has a sweetheart deal with the Postal Service that no other bulk shipper is able to get, Yahoo reports. By law, the Postal Service must break even on every contract for package delivery, at a minimum. It sets the rates Amazon pays; not Amazon. Given the volume Amazon ships, it’s more likely that Amazon is providing a valuable revenue stream to the Postal Service than taking it for a ride.

But Trump isn’t trying to win on facts. According to Yahoo, “He seems to despise Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, which is a frequent Trump critic. So Trump appears to be trying to damage Amazon, the source of Bezos’s immense wealth.”

And Trump has succeeded, at least temporarily, Yahoo says. Amazon shares have fallen by about 8% since Trump’s first Twitter attack on March 29—zapping about $58 billion in market value.

Trump supporters, not surprisingly, are more likely to agree with Trump and frown on Amazon. Of the 26% of survey respondents who said they have a positive impression of Trump, 77% agree with him about Amazon, and only 11% think he’s wrong. Here’s how the Trump supporters answered:

Trump, of course, may believe he’s winning if he manages to turn anybody against Amazon, which, Yahoo said, “he probably has, given that some of his core supporters line up behind just about any stance he takes.”

Research contact: @YahooFinance

NFL boycotters are split on notion of ‘taking a knee’

January 10, 2018

Throughout this 2017 NFL season, television ratings have declined and fans, TV pundits, and reporters have speculated why. Was it the protests of players during the national anthem that caused viewers to turn their sets off and ticket holders to empty their stadium seats?

Now, a survey from SurveyMonkey and Ozy Media, shared first with Yahoo Finance, finds that 33% of NFL fans boycotted the league this year—but not entirely because they were outraged by the player protests.

In fact, the researchers say, it was nearly 50:50. Half boycotted specifically in support of protest originator and free agent Colin Kaepernick (and/or demonstrations by his fellow players) and half boycotted in support of President Trump, who vocally opposed the protests.

The survey, released on January 8, was conducted among a national sample of 1,726 adults. It found that 1,233 of those people identified as football fans.

The survey then asked the football fans: “Did you purposely stop watching or attending NFL games this season for any reason?” One-third of respondents said yes.

That group, which the survey labeled as boycotters, was asked why, and was given multiple options. They answered as follows:

  • 32% said they stopped watching or attending NFL games in support of Donald Trump;
  • 22% said they did so in solidarity with players kneeling;
  • 13% said they had no interest in the teams playing;
  • 12% said they boycotted in support of Colin Kaepernick; and
  • 11% said they had distanced themselves from the sport because of news about traumatic brain injuries among players.

Another 8% said “games are boring” and 46% chose “some other reason.”

The results also show an interesting difference between male and female respondents: More men said they turned away from the NFL in support of Trump (35% to 25%), while more women said they did it in support of the players who took to their knees (30% to 17%) or in support of Kaepernick (17% to 10%).

The polling organizations note that there’s a nuance to consider here: Although it’s likely fair to assume that support of Kapernick is the same as support of the protests, it’s possible that there are people who were outraged that no team signed Kaepernick, but were also outraged by the player protests.

Similarly, it’s possible that some people do not like the protests but also do not like Trump’s constant attacks on the NFL. (In a Seton Hall University poll in November,71% of respondents said Trump should “stay out of it.”)

Research contact: @readDanwrite