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Posted: Friday, 02 May 2014 7:49AM

Sterling's punishment: Poll reveals racial divide

A majority of Americans think lifetime ban and fine imposed on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was the right punishment, but the public is more divided on whether Sterling should be forced to sell the team.

In response to Sterling's remarks about African-Americans, the National Basketball Association banned him for life from attending games and participating in NBA activities, and fined him $2.5 million.

More than half (55 percent) think this punishment was about right, although more think it was too hard (25 percent) than too lenient (9 percent).

Black Americans (71 percent) are more likely than whites (52 percent) to feel Sterling's punishment by the NBA was appropriate.

But there is somewhat less consensus on whether Sterling should be forced to sell the Clippers: 49 percent of Americans think he should, but 40 percent say he shouldn't.

Opinions on forcing a sale differ considerably by race. Most African Americans (71 percent) think Sterling should be forced to sell, while whites are divided on the issue: 43 percent think he should have to sell, while 44 percent disagree.


This poll was conducted by telephone April 30-May 1, 2014 among 1,054 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

Additional interviews were conducted with African Americans, who had previously completed a survey as part of a random sample, to yield a sample size of 275. 660 whites were interviewed.

The African American and non-African American samples were weighted separately to match their group's population characteristics such as gender, age, education, region, marital status and phone use based on recent U.S. Census estimates. The samples were then combined and weighted to the total U.S. adult population.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. The margin of error for the sample of whites is 5 pts and 8 pts for African Americans. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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