The poll has nothing to do with Smith hating, I've been a supporter from the start. There are a variety of reasons why people might want Kaepernick to see some action, including keeping Smith healthy.
Personally, I'm really curious to see if Kaep has made progress, but don't want him playing meaningful snaps this year. Once we've secured the #2 seed I'd still like to see Smith play a quarter or two to continue progressing our offense and avoid rust, but would like to see Kaep play; partially to satisfy my curiousity, but mostly to keep Alex healthy and help Kaep progress in case Smith does get injured and we need him to play. If we lose Alex, our hopes for playoff success take a big hit, but if Kaep has/does develop sufficiently, we may still have a shot with him as our QB.
Obviously if we're blowing out a team 40-0 Kaep should go in along with the rest of the active backups to protect our starters, but if we can secure #2 early enough, I'd like to see a planned period of play for Kaep where he can get some of the practice snaps and prep work. Just look how some teams' seasons have been ruined by their QB getting injured. I'd like to feel at least fairly confident in our backup if Alex gets hurt, but he needs some work to be ready to fill in.
[ Edited by mug0mug on Dec 3, 2011 at 4:15 AM ]