Poll: Redskins Name Change Wouldn’t Bother Fans

Oneida Indian Nation survey tries to nudge owner Dan Snyder to make a change

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Matthew Emmons / USA Today Sports

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

A majority of D.C. residents say a change in the Washington Redskins’ name wouldn’t impact their loyalty to the team, according to a new poll.

The survey commissioned by the Oneida Indian Nation, which has been pushing owner Dan Snyder to change a team name it considers offensive, found that 25 percent of Washington residents would be less of a fan if the name changed, while 18 percent would be more of a fan. But 55 percent said it would make no difference.

The poll is set for release Wednesday morning, but was reviewed by TIME ahead of its release. The automated phone survey of 500 Washington adults, by the firm SurveyUSA, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

“You cannot poll morality, and our hope is that Mr. Snyder will demonstrate true leadership and change the offensive name, not because of what any public opinion studies show, but because it’s the right thing to do,” Ray Halbritter, an Oneida Indian Nation spokesman, said in a statement.

Snyder has adamantly defended the team name and vowed not to change it.

Fifty-nine percent of Washingtonians said American-Indians have a right to be offended when referred to as “Redskins,” according to the poll.

Oneida Indian Nation are scheduled to meet with National Football League officials on Nov. 22.

19 comments
MichaelPat
MichaelPat

The Cowboys Killed the Indians!! I am offended.. And the 18% who support an name change?? You can get 18% to say puke taste good!!

chadmeissner
chadmeissner

I am petitioning to have the team name changed of the Dallas "COWBOYS". I think it is detrimental to the white Americans. It is labeling whites as "Hicks" or "Hillbillies"! What a ridiculous world this is! Maybe the animal rights activists should get involved, saying that wild animals should not be labeled as mascots. Animal cruelty!

Meyowza
Meyowza

You wouldn't call a Native American a "Redskin" to his face.  Why not?  It's a racial slur.  Everybody knows that.  Despite the fact that the "N" word appears in the music of numerous African American artists, no one can deny that the "N" word is a racial slur.  The NFL certainly would not permit a team to be named the "N's", so what's the difference? There is no difference.  There are also numerous offensive names that have been applied to Jewish people.  Perhaps Mr. Snyder would like to select one of those for the new name his team.  Or,as a Jewish person, do you find that offensive, Mr. Snyder?  It's time to remove the racist flag flying over FEDEX Field.  Keep the logo, if you must, but change the name NOW!  it's long overdue.

Bonfire2013
Bonfire2013

It would be no brainer to change the name to Raputtaks which is a Powhattan word for arrowhead.  Powhattans are a local Native American tribe to the VA/DC area.

ScottCoan
ScottCoan

Why not the Washington Warriors?

PhilPott
PhilPott

Thank God that we don't have the Washington Senators anymore. Now THAT was an offensive name.

LeozMaxwellJilliums
LeozMaxwellJilliums

My 5 year old nephew doesn't even know what a Native American is. 

If he was allowed to play Cowboys and Indians, he would have a good idea. 

You want these troubled reservations to completely fade into oblivion? Leave the public conscience altogether? 

Then eliminate all recognizable representations from popular culture. 

Remember, life isn't what PC liberals want it to be, life is what it is. You want this entire group of people to be further marginalized? Get them out of our conscience altogether.

hisfrogness
hisfrogness

The head coach of the inaugural Redskins team was a Native American, as were 4 members of the team. The logo was designed by Native Americans. The late, great coach Allen said it best:

"Washington Redskins is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect -- the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans."

The vast majority of Native Americans don't find the name offensive, which makes you wonder who it is that is actually spearheading this campaign.

 

ThomasMacso
ThomasMacso

We have the "RIGHT" to be offended by ANYTHING. But to take a survey with that question - I'm OFFENDED - so there!

Don't EVER change the name says 90% of Native Americans - according to a different survey.

phunkocity12
phunkocity12

The ignorant mascots, the problems in native american communities, and in many u.s. communities seem all symptoms of the same diseases of the mind. Symbols often directly point to the core of the issue: How can one be welcoming of a cultures ideas and hear their opinions, while refusing to listen? Moreover, maintaining hard-core insistence that their feelings of indignation are unfounded, that they should accept dictionary slurs, symbolic insults, and the overall frozen encapsulation into an outdated inaccurate image is outrageous. You can't embody hundreds of nations into a single logo. Not all natives were warriors. Not all wore feathers. If they do not want to be remembered is such ways, that is for sovereign nations to decide, and for our nation to respect those decisions.


What is more upsetting is trying to get this garbage legislated into our school system so we can keep indoctrinating attitudes apathy and belligerence into our children's psyches.

Teach kids that Oneida we were the 1st nation to recognize the U.S. Oneida were the 1st to strike a treaty. Franklin and our founding fathers consulted with Oneida and tribal elders on their successful government. That Oneida not only brought 600 bushels of corn to GW and troops on the Delaware, but imparted the KNOWLEDGE of how to cook and store it. Oneida suffered greatly at Saratoga for us.

The least we can do is oblige their wishes to end the humiliating hypocrisy in our nations capitol.

BostonBlackie
BostonBlackie

I suspect that your PC bias got the best of you regarding this issue. The story of the name Redskins goes back to the 1930s when the team played in Boston. The Redskins were then known as the "Boston Braves" since they played at Braves Field. They then switched to Fenway Park for various reasons. Since the team owners had a big investment in Indian related regalia including the costumes worn by the marching band they wanted to keep the Indian theme and settled upon renaming the team the "Redskins"as  a tribute to the Red Sox ownership of the park more than anything else. Try to get over it. There was a world before the current PC madness which would have been considered a joke by anyone then around.

thebax
thebax

Keep the name Redskins and replace the Indian Chief with a picture of a Redskin Potato! Young fans will be referred to as Tater Tots!


zalmar10
zalmar10

 What an asinine question matched only by the equally asinine conclusion.  Of course most Redskin fans would remain Redskin fans, even given an idiotic and unnecessary name change...that's what being a fan is all about.  BUT the VAST MAJORITY of Redskin fans want the name to remain as is.  We want the Redskins to remain the Redskins.

And yes, I would totally agree:  anyone who is offended by the name has a right to be offended.  of course they do.  Doesn't mean they're right and it doesn't mean we should change the name...but certainly they have a right to be offended.  They also have a right to NOT buy tickets.  And Redskin owners...they also have a right to name the team anything they want to name the team.

One of the nice things about living in a free country is freedom of speech.  This also automatically includes the freedom to be offfended or angered or overjoyed or ecstatic by what is said when that freedom of speech is exercised.  Those who are offended....take a deep breath and go somewhere else, please.

ScottLong
ScottLong

we need a poll ask how many Indians are actually offended by this name

Fastgirl
Fastgirl

I don't know one fan who wants the name changed.

tbrizzle
tbrizzle


so what, they have "a right to be offended." ? Does that override the team to the Right to freedom of speech?

CliffHarris
CliffHarris

We already had to change the basketball team to the damn wizards which has nothing to do with either the city or region.  Now we are getting pressured to change the football team name as well.  Screw being PC.  I don't want a team name like mudhens or something else like that.

RickHunter
RickHunter

"The survey commissioned by the Oneida Indian Nation" - That tells you everything right there since they are so politically correct.  


Stand Firm Snyder!

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

If my team were 1 and 5 I wouldn't mind a name change either. And while you're at it Chicago white sox, obvious racism, boy scouts sexist and girl scout brownies both racist and arguably sexist. A special prosecutor might be in order here(sarcasm)

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