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Patriots, Cowboys the most disliked NFL teams

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The most beloved teams in the NFL typically are also the most hated.

Via Darren Rovell of, a new poll from Public Policy Polling once again shows that the Patriots are the most disliked team in the NFL, with 21 percent of respondents selecting the AFC finalists. The Cowboys came in second, at 19 percent.

The 378 folks who responded to the poll (that doesn’t really seem like enough to develop reliable results) also generated 42 percent who have negative feelings about the Patriots. Only 19 percent feel negatively about the Falcons, who will represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI.

Not surprisingly, then, 53 percent of those polled support the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Only 27 percent want the Patriots to win.

New Englanders who may be chagrined by the results of the poll should take some comfort in the reality that 42 percent disapprove of the job Commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, and that 37 percent view him negatively — more than the 34 percent who have a negative view of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

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35 Responses to “Patriots, Cowboys the most disliked NFL teams”
  1. backindasaddle says: Jan 30, 2017 11:29 PM

    King of The Hill syndrome.
    What do we try to do to The King of The Hill?
    We try to push him off.

  2. dickshotdogs says: Jan 30, 2017 11:30 PM

    Winning certainly pisses people off. Go Patriots!

  3. maiphatdong says: Jan 30, 2017 11:39 PM

    i thought the Cowboys were Americas team?

  4. schwamtek says: Jan 30, 2017 11:41 PM

    Nobody likes CHEATERS !

  5. gmen5280 says: Jan 30, 2017 11:45 PM

    That is rather interesting, America’s Team and a team called the Patriots are team are the two most disliked teams in the NFL.

  6. bleck5 says: Jan 30, 2017 11:54 PM

    The two most valuable teams and largest view gatherers? America sure has a funny way of showing their hatred by watching all their games lol.

  7. seriously423 says: Jan 31, 2017 12:05 AM

    thats the way we…………….. ah hah!!!

  8. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 31, 2017 12:11 AM

    “The 378 folks who responded to the poll (that doesn’t really seem like enough to develop reliable results)”

    Close enough.

  9. dallascowboysforever says: Jan 31, 2017 12:13 AM

    This poll was probably taken in New York so either way, it makes sense for both teams. It probably has more to do with the fanbases than it does for the actual teams but even then, there are obnoxious fans for every team out there. If anything, people hate the Pats because they’ve been the most successful team since 2001.

  10. AngryHumanoid says: Jan 31, 2017 12:17 AM

    Where did this poll happen, Alpharetta?

  11. cowboyinpawleys says: Jan 31, 2017 12:38 AM

    Also most liked

  12. gauchosporlife says: Jan 31, 2017 12:56 AM

    Cowboys are so disliked they put them on Primetime games for an NFL viewing record of four consecutive games with record breaking ratings.

  13. christos99 says: Jan 31, 2017 1:14 AM

    Ironically 2 of 4 Forbes’ richest NFL franchises. Pound sand haters. If u hate them, then beat em’. Otherwise stop whining

  14. bvolke says: Jan 31, 2017 1:15 AM

    My shock isn’t that the Patriots are the most hated team, it’s that they weren’t by an even wider margin.

  15. mclennon99 says: Jan 31, 2017 1:46 AM

    Fans don’t hate the Cowboys per se…now Jerry Jones…we’ll that’s a different story altogether.

  16. hafftime says: Jan 31, 2017 3:09 AM

    I hate the steelers

  17. pastabelly says: Jan 31, 2017 4:47 AM

    Being disliked sure beats being ignored.

  18. severeves says: Jan 31, 2017 4:56 AM

    Yea, so unless you’re the Steelers, the Cowboys and Pats have more SBs than you.


  19. switchwitch59 says: Jan 31, 2017 6:11 AM

    As the saying goes, they hate us ‘cuz they ain’t us. The higher those numbers, the happier we are. Bunch of crybabies.

  20. keys2heat says: Jan 31, 2017 6:19 AM

    I hate the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants.


    Redskins fan

  21. paljoey57 says: Jan 31, 2017 6:42 AM

    How can anyone like Bill Belicheck?

  22. GhostPepper says: Jan 31, 2017 7:10 AM

    Cowboys haven’t been relevant for almost 2 decades and are still that hated. Pretty impressive.

  23. Ripcord56 says: Jan 31, 2017 7:34 AM

    I could have given you these findings without taking a poll. A lot of people hate seeing the same team going to the playoffs / Superbowl etc., year after year while their team flounders in mediocrity. I think I’d rather be hated.

  24. elyasm says: Jan 31, 2017 7:51 AM

    Oderint Dum Metuant.

  25. factschecker says: Jan 31, 2017 8:29 AM

    According to a few dozen people. Ha! 378 people surveyed is laughable. Some of your stories have that many or more replies.

  26. guypatsfan says: Jan 31, 2017 8:32 AM

    Keep on hating us, haters. Nobody hated us in 1990 when we were 1-15, or 1992 when we went 2-14. It means we’re doing something right, like winning. And keep your cheating comments to yourselves.

  27. jimnh1 says: Jan 31, 2017 8:41 AM

    Why is it that people always seem to hate the teams that win the most. Maybe it’s really jealousy because their teams aren’t able to master the same feat. I’m not surprised at all by the results being a loyal patriot’s fan since their beginning. Most fans hate the winners. I just hope the Pats are able to handle the Falcons’s offense on Sunday. I want a good game not a blow out. Hopefully the Pats win.

  28. gtodriver says: Jan 31, 2017 8:43 AM

    This poll was obviously not well thought out.

    Who was asked?

    378 people is less than 12 respondents per team in the NFL.

    I would like to believe that they actually talked to real fans – not just Joe Blow off the street…

  29. maust1013 says: Jan 31, 2017 8:45 AM

    The same poll also shows Brady as both the most and least liked QB. And it is brought to us by a polling outfit that had Hillary winning comfortably, so you know their modelling is beyond reproach.

  30. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Jan 31, 2017 8:49 AM

    “42 percent disapprove of the job Commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, and that 37 percent view him negatively”

    CLEARLY, this is not a poll of people, who REALLY follow the game. The people here on PFT: 100 percent disapprove of the job Commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, and that 100 percent view him negatively.

  31. RegisHawk says: Jan 31, 2017 8:51 AM

    They put a lot into cheating for 20 years, there should be some kind of payoff…

  32. bigsimpfan says: Jan 31, 2017 9:04 AM

    An entire article about just 378 people?

  33. starrfavrerodgers says: Jan 31, 2017 9:13 AM

    Well it’s obvious that people are envious of teams that have achieved recent success. And the Cowboys.

  34. intrafinesse says: Jan 31, 2017 9:14 AM

    378 is a very small sample size.
    I also doubt the poll was well conducted.

  35. revelation123 says: Jan 31, 2017 1:04 PM

    “The most beloved teams in the NFL typically are also the most hated.”

    That’s a complete contradiction in terms. The most hated teams are the most hated, not the most beloved.

    The Cowboys are likely the 2nd most hated because of the false “america’s team” moniker and Jerry Jones’ arrogance. The Patriots are likely the most hated due to all their cheating scandals.

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