Ever since September’s surge in National Football League (NFL) player protests of the National Anthem at games, registered voters have given the NFL the most negative rating of any major sport in the U.S.
“Since the kneeling controversy it (the NFL) fell significantly behind (in popularity),” the Winston Group noted, announcing the results of its latest monthly Sports Survey.
In November, 38% had an “unfavorable” view of the NFL – marking the league’s third straight month as the most-disliked sport. NASCAR (28%) and the NBA (26%) were the second and third most-disliked sports.
College football fared much better than the NFL, with an unfavorable rating of 21%.
Older males registered the most dislike for the NFL, with nearly half reporting an unfavorable opinion of the sport (45% of those 55+ and 48% of those 65+).
NFL player protests of the National Anthem peaked in September, after President Donald Trump took to Twitter and blasted both the players, for disrespecting the Anthem, and the league, for allowing them to protest at games.