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NFL concussions: football head injuries draw wide concern in Washington Post poll

The broad demand for action on head injuries — just as attorneys for more than 2,000 retired players plan to combine lawsuits against the NFL — stands in stark contrast to public opinion almost two decades ago. Barely one in three football fans in a 1993 CBS News poll said action was necessary to deal with football injuries in general. The survey was conducted after a series of injuries was blamed on astro turf fields.

The concern is not limited to bystanders. A 57 percent majority of football fans — including 56 percent of self-described “big fans” — think something needs to be done about head injuries.

Moreover, football fans say physical contact is not the most interesting part of the game. By more than a 3 to 1 margin, more fans say they enjoy scoring plays than hard hits.


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Scott Clement is the polling manager at The Washington Post, specializing in public opinion about politics, election campaigns and public policy.

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