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Poll: Most D.C. Residents Think Washington Football Team’s Name is an Offensive Word

The Oneida Indian Nation–one of the main groups leading the fight against the Washington football team's offensive name–released new polling data today which found that 59 percent of D.C. adults think the term "redskin" would offend Native Americans.

But only 18 percent of respondents said that a name change would make them more of a fan of the team. Fifty-five percent said it would make no difference in their allegiance to the team, and 25 percent said it would make them less of a fan of the team.

Twenty-five percent of people reported a favorable opinion of team owner Dan Snyder, who has vowed to never change the name, and 29 percent have a neutral opinion of him. Thirty-two percent of respondents say they have a negative opinion of him.

The polling data is far from suggesting that there is overwhelming support for a name change, but still, it's coming from a party with great interest in the matter, and probably should be taken with a grain of salt.

The poll was conducted between Oct. 11 and Oct 13 and has a margin of error of about plus or minus 4.4 percent. The full results can be read here.

Earlier in the month the Washington Post conducted a non-scientific reader poll and found that 57 percent of people do not think the team name should be changed.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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Comments

  1. #1

    This is rich coming from the City Paper, the home of the PC crowd. REDSKINS!

  2. #2

    I wonder if a team called the Fighting Heb(rew)s would offend Dan Snyder?

  3. #3

    YO PERRY STEIN YOUR ARTICLE IS WEAK, FLAWED AND SLANTED!

    SO LET ME SEE IF I GOT THIS STRAIGHT . . .

    A NATIVE AMERICAN ORGANIZATION, THAT USES A CATCH ALL MISNOMER DESCRIPTION OF ITS PEOPLE IN ITS OFFICIAL TITLE, THAT SOLD OUT IT’S FOLK AND LAND (AGAIN) FOR SOME SPA/CASINO RESORT WHICH IM SURE HAS A MASSIVE CARBON FOOTPRINT, THAT HAS ONE NATIVE AMERICAN AND TWO OLD CRUSTY WHITE MEN ON ITS THREE MEMBER GAMING COUNCIL, WHO IS THE ONLY NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE I’M HEARING OF DRIVING THIS ISSUE, POSTED A SURVEY ABOUT A SO CALLED OFFENSIVE TEAM NAME THAT INCLUDED ONLY 3% OF THE FOLK POLLED THAT EVERYONE DEEMS IS BEING OFFENDED?

    I CALL BUFFALO CHIP!

    HERE IS WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND: THE POLL ONLY SAMPLED ON 17 NATIVE AMERICANS AND OF THOSE ONLY 3 OUT OF 17 FOUND THE TERM OFFENSIVE. 11 OF THE 17 WOULD BE LESS OF A FAN IF THE TEAM CHANGED ITS NAME. 15 OF THE 17 DON’T GIVE A SHIT EVEN THOUGH THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY STATE THE TERM IS RACIAL OR OFFENSIVE. WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

    60% OF THE FOLK POLLED ARE WHITE. THE SAME WHITE FOLK WHO STILL CELEBRATE COLUMBUS DAY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ACTUALLY SHOULD BE ON THE SAME PLAIN AS HITLER WITH ALL THE ATROCITIES HE COMMITTED TO THE NATIVE PEOPLE OF THIS SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC. THIS IS THE SAME WHITE FOLK WHO PRETTY MUCH DECIMATED AND DROVE OUT THE NATIVE AMERICAN POPULATION.

    YOU PRAISE IN PUBLIC AND YOU SCORN IN PRIVATE! SO INSTEAD OF KICKING IN THE DOOR WAVING THE 44 THEY SHOULD HAVE WENT TO SYNDER ON THE LOW ASKING FOR SOME SORT OF RELIEF AND/OR . I’M ABOUT AS LEFTY AS THEY COME BUT MY DC-NESS CAN ALSO SEE A SHAKEDOWN DEVELOPING.

    LIKE I SAID BEFORE EVERYONE KNOWS DAN SYNDER AS AN ASSHOLE. YOU DON’T BECOME A BILLIONAIRE BY NOT BEING ONE. HE IS THE ASSHOLE OWNER OF OUR BELOVED TEAM THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS AND WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN TALK SHIT ABOUT HIM.

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS FAN FOR LIFE.
    HTTR.

  4. #4

    Its funny how these non-Indians weigh in and put down the facts with grandiose well intentioned statements claiming to be authorities on the matter just because their football fans. I am a football fan and Native American. The name is racist, plain and simple. I recall a statement by another native speaking on the matter - he said and i quote "I don't remember a time when i was called a Redskin, and it wasn't intended to be racist".

    I to do not recall a time being called a redskin and it not be considered racist. No matter what reason you have for using the word redskin, its still a very racist, offensive and completely wrong.

  5. #5

    This too shall pass. Soon enough the name will be changed. Supporters of the "redskins" name are on the wrong side of history, and they know it.

  6. #6

    @Ben: Don't count on it.

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