WASHINGTON — Americans are divided over whether college football players should be allowed to play this fall during the coronavirus pandemic, even as a clear majority believe the athletes are putting themselves at a greater risk of contracting the virus by playing.Forty-nine percent of adults said college football players should be allowed to play this fall, compared to 48 percent who said they shouldn’t, according to new results from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll.There are significant differences based on political leanings — almost three-quarters of Republicans and those who lean Republican support players’ returning to play, while 7 in 10 Democrats and those who lean Democratic don’t. Independents are split on the issue — 47 percent support allowing college football players to return to play, while 51 percent don’t.There’s more agreement that playing does put players at additional risk of contracting the coronavirus — 61 percent of adults say so, compared to 36 percent who don’t believe playing is an additional risk. That viewpoint is again heavily swayed by differences between Republicans and Democrats.Sixty-three percent of Republicans and those who lean Republican say playing in the fall isn’t an additional risk, a sentiment shared by just 14 percent of


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