Vick Dog Fighting Poll Shows Extent Of Public Anger

Michael Vick goes to court to face dog fighting chargesSports Illustrated conducted an unscientific poll on public opinion regarding Michael Vick’s possible involvement in dog fighting. This is a summary of the results as of 1am Pacific time today. Public opinion seems heavily set against Vick, especially after the release of graphic details in the 18-page indictment of Vick and several other individuals.

Almost 2 out of 3 voters said that Vick should be immediately suspended, showing the extent of outraged against Vick’s actions. Their sentiments are in direct contrast with the NFL’s opinion to let Vick play wait.

If Vick is convicted on dog fighting charges, almost the same percentage of people (65%) believe he should be suspended from the NFL for life. But a majority of voters (56%) believe that to be unlikely as they think that Vick will continue to play in the NFL.

3/4th of voters believe this case will deter other athletes from dog fighting.

The Vick dog fighting incident has seriously scarred the NFL’s image in the minds of the respondents. 57% of voters believe that the NFL Commissioner’s reputation will be tarnished if Vick is not suspended. And a similar amount (58%) are soured by the recent spate of NFL players involved in criminal investigations.

Nike and other corporate sponsors seem heavily affected by their tie to Vick. 76% of respondents believe Nike should cut Vick. Separate from the SI article, a petition site has been set up asking Nike to drop Vick from their sponsorship lineup.

79% think that the NFL will suffer financially from corporate sponsorships due to the Vick dog fighting scandal.

Read our full special section coverage of the Michael Vick dog fighting investigation.

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12 Responses to “Vick Dog Fighting Poll Shows Extent Of Public Anger”

  1. straybaby says:

    “Their sentiments are in direct contrast with the NFL’s opinion to let Vick play.”

    actually, I don’t really think that’s accurate saying the NFL’s opinion is to let Vick play. They’ve told him to stay away until they finish their investigation. They have the power to keep him away from camp and suspend him more permanently than the team does. The team can ONLY do up to 4 games, which does not included training camp and preseason. And he could challenge the suspension which (I think) means he could play until it’s settled. With the league keeping him away and then handing down a suspension after their investigation, they keep him away from camp and off the field immediately.

    I saw the interviews on Thursday with both the NFL, Players rep and Falcons and got the impression they all would have liked to be a bit more candid in their feelings on this . . . .

  2. Katie says:

    If the American public stands up and says enough! refuses to buy Nike products and refuses to support the NFL, that is the only way corporate America will do what is right. It is unbelievable that the NFL, Falcons and Nike need to be concerned with being sued by Vick. Actually it would be interesting to see it come to court proceedings - I believe a jury would run Vick out of the country.


  3. Lis says:

    Katie–why give Vick a chance to muddy the waters, and make this about the contract rather than about what he’s done? I’d rather see them take their time and crush him, than have them rush in with a feel-good announcement and wind up having to pay him for “violating his contract rights.”

  4. Lynn says:

    “Their sentiments are in direct contrast with the NFL’s opinion to let Vick play.”

    Where did you get this from, Itchmo? “Let Vick play”???? I don’t believe this is the situation. Last I heard, the NFL was conducting a review and I do not believe it is complete. Check out Straybaby’s earlier posting, as her understanding is the same as mine.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Arthur Blank wanted Vick suspended immediately for 4 games, which as the team owner he has the full right to do. But the NFL asked him to hold off. No NFL review is required for Blank to suspend his players. I will, however, remove the terms “to let Vick play” since it may not be clear what the NFL’s intent is. Thanks.

  5. gatorfan says:

    I think Vick should be allowed to play. Consider this, WHO WOULD WANT TO PROTECT HIS A** in a game? I dare say he would not survive the first play in which he was not protected. Poor baby! I realize this thought process probably puts me on the same level as the sub-humans who watch dogs kill each other, and for that matter bull fighting and cock fighting, but I am so afraid he will get off on a technicality. I am fairly certain he has already spoken to OJ.

  6. Kevin says:


    LOL!!! I think your right. Let him play so we can watch him get crushed on the field and in court. The sad thing is that, he will probably use the race card to protect his sorry A**.

  7. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Hm. I wonder if public opinion would decline even further if photographs or video existed to document what one woman writes (in a Dogster blog) she saw outside the federal courthouse in Richmond — Vick giving protesters the finger as he was driven away in a white SUV:

  8. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Vick’s banishment from training camp by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, compared with the four-game, *maximum* suspension that could have been imposed by the Atlanta Falcons, was a strong and punitively strategic move. Kudos to Goodell and the NFL (AND Falcon’s owner Arthur Blank, for being willing to suspend Vick) for their actions thus far.’s Don Banks provides a good explainer here:

  9. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Hot off the presses:

    One of Vick’s co-defendants, Tony Taylor, has scheduled a plea agreement hearing for 9 AM Monday. He apparently doesn’t want to wait for a trial…

    Ooh, ooh, Ookie! That’s Bad “Newz” indeed, for Ookie the Dogfighter.

  10. Lis says:

    Itchmo, sorry, but the NFL’s intent is perfectly clear. Yes, the team could suspend Vick for four games immediately–except that Vick could then appeal. And what happens when he appeals? Why, of course, the suspension is suspended during the appeal–Vick is back in uniform and practicing and playing with the team until the appeal is completed. Also, the appeal is to an outside arbitrator, who’ll rule solely on the contract.

    By “requesting” that Vick not show up for training camp, the NFL keeps him from getting into uniform and playing, while they do their “review.” The League can do a lot more than suspend him for four games; in the right circumstances they can end his career. And actions by the League are not appealed to an outside arbitrator; they’re appealed to the Commissioner. Their chances of ensuring that he never puts on an NFL uniform again are much better this way.

    Demanding that the team issue a short-term and ineffective action that would virtually guarantee that Vick plays NFL football again, at least for a short period of time, seems rather self-defeating.

  11. CathyA says:

    None of these people, Nike, NFL, etc. give a fig about dog fighting - they’re only worried about their pocketbooks. Let Vick play. Confiscate his entire salary except for 15 thousand bucks a year and see if he can figure out a way to live on that. Donate the rest to rescue organizations. Put him on Humane Society arrest for 5 years - two days a week he gets to shovel poop. For any of these testosterone laden people - players and fans alike - this would be a fate worse than death or prison.

  12. Debby V says:

    I have just become a subscriber to Itchmo. Can any one tell me the name and address (including e-mail address if possible) of the prosecuter and judge handling the Vick dog fighting case? I think we should all write to them and ask for the largest prison sentence that can possibly be given if he is convicted. If Vick spends the better part of 5 years in prison his NFL carreer for the most part will be ruined and I believe the NFL teams will avoid him like the plague once he is released from prison.

    We have got to get the pressure going and keep it going to let the prosecuter and the judge know that the nation is watching this closely and is demanding the stiffest sentence possible for this dispicible person.

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