Poll: Nearly 80 Percent Approve of ‘Redskins’ Name
Despite some public outcry to change the name of Washington’s football team, a new national poll has found that a large majority of Americans favor keeping the “Redskins” name. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, almost four out of five people support the name.
The poll found that 79 percent prefer the team keeps its name, while 11 percent want it to be changed; the rest either weren’t sure or didn’t answer. Among white football fans, about 9 percent oppose the name; twice as many non-white respondents oppose it.
While the AP-GfK poll didn’t single out American Indians, a 2004 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 90 percent of American Indians were not bothered by the “Redskins” name. That number was roughly the same for American Indians regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, education level, and age.
The Redskins have come under pressure from local and national leaders who have called the name culturally insensitive and said that it has racist connotations.