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.
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