Sports 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.