Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has polarized the nation, drawing vocal supporters and critics.
In a poll taken last week by E-Poll Marketing Research, the 49ers’ backup quarterback was “disliked a lot” by 29 percent of those polled, beating out over 350 players named in the survey. Among NFL fans, the dislike was stronger, with 36 percent saying that they disliked him a lot.
But while Kaepernick has taken his share of criticism for kneeling during the national anthem at games in protest of police brutality of African-Americans, he has also gained a good deal of support. The poll showed that 42 percent of African-Americans like Kaepernick “a lot.”
Kaepernick’s jersey became a best-seller after the backup quarterback began his public protest.
Kaepernick has received another honor: He is featured on the latest cover of Time magazine, which hit newsstands Friday.