Colin Kaepernick has been in the headlines as of late, for his protest of the National Anthem. Apparently, the controversy has made him the most disliked player in the NFL.
Well, this is according to a recent poll of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research, which asked 1,100 people “whose demographics were representative of the general population,” reports ESPN.
The poll was taken last week, and revealed that Kaepernick was “disliked a lot” by 29 percent of those polled, more than any other player. He finished ahead of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13 percent) and PSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10 percent) in the dislike category.
Among NFL fans, the disliking for Kaepernick is even higher, with 36 percent saying they dislike him “a lot,” up from just 10 percent when last asked two years ago.
Despite the findings, African-Americans only make up 15 percent of the U.S. population, so only a small number was actually surveyed in the poll.
On the flip side, among African-Americans, Kaepernick has reached a peak in his popularity. The poll shows 42 percent of African-Americans say they like the 49ers quarterback “a lot,” while only 2 percent dislike him “a lot.” Two years ago, only 16 percent of African-Americans said they liked Kaepernick “a lot,” while 3 percent disliked him “a lot.”
Kaepernick’s protest has fueled sales of his NFL jersey, which was been the best-selling jersey in the league at the beginning of the month.
The quarterback has remained the backup in San Francisco, behind laine Gabbert, who took over as starter last season. He hasn’t played so far this season.