POLL: Almost half of Americans disagree with Colin Kaepernick's method of protest

The divisive nature of Colin Kaepernick's actions continue to bear themselves out in data form, as a poll conducted by Seton Hall Sports Poll and provided to CBS Sports shows that nearly half of Americans queried do not approve of the method with which Kaepernick is protesting.

The 49ers' backup quarterback has been classified as the "most disliked" person in the NFL following his decision to first sit and then kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

No one appears to mind his decision to protest -- he has an 80 percent approval rating for his right to protest -- but it's the methodology that bothers people. Of the 80 percent who approve, 47 percent disagree with his not standing.

Age is a major factor in the approval/disapproval ratings, as approximately 25 percent of those polled between ages 18 and 29 years old disapproved with Kap's actions, while 44 percent of people between 30 and 44 years old disapproved, 53 percent of people between 45 and 60 years old disapproved, and 60 percent of people over 60 disapproved.

Not breaking news: Americans still like the national anthem. 80 percent still believe it should be played prior to sporting events and only eight percent said it shouldn't be played.

It also appears a substantial number of people know why Kaepernick is protesting.

"The act of his protest has been widely publicized but it is surprising that 81 percent know what the cause is," said Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute. "Our poll indicates that people are sensitive to the complexity of the situation and there is clearly no rush to penalize him or drop him."

Race is also, as it was with the "most disliked" situation, a factor. African-Americans, according to the poll, approved of Kaepernick's actions at a 2-1 pace.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

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