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Poll: 71% ‘Do Not’ Believe Redskins Should Change Name

by Chris Lingebach
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling over the course of five days in December, surveying 741 registered voters, has found that 71 percent of people polled do not think the Redskins should change their nickname.

The debate over the team’s highly-controversial name has settled down in recent months, seemingly correlating with the Redskins’ season heading south.

This most recent poll, which asked voters a litany of NFL-related questions, asked voters:

“Do you think the Washington Redskins should change their nickname, or not?”

Of the results given, 71 percent of voters do not believe the team should change their name, while 18 percent do. Eleven percent of voters said they were “not sure.”

A spokesperson for the Oneida Indian Nation, which has been instrumental in continuing the debate, has since responded to the poll’s findings regarding the Redskins’ name.

Spokesperson Joel Barkin’s response:

“This flawed poll conveniently leaves out that fact that the R-word is a defined racial slur, and it fails to mention that a diverse coalition of Native American organizations, civil rights groups, public health organizations, religious leaders and sports icons have been joined by governors, the D.C. Council, Republican and Democratic Members of Congress and even the President of the United States in saying that now is the time for the mascot to change. Neither the Washington team nor its owner appears to understand that there is no poll or financial transaction that can solve a moral problem.”

In Oct. 2013, President Barack Obama told the Associated Press:

“I’ve got to say, if I were the owner of the team, and I knew that there was a name of my team, even if it had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”

Other notable questions asked in the poll, the results of which Redskins fans may also be interested in, include inquiries into favorite and least favorite NFL quarterbacks.

Robert Griffin III pulled in 13 percent of the votes for favorite NFL quarterbacks – given the names Peyton Manning (22%), Tom Brady (13%), Robert Griffin III (13%), Drew Brees (9%), Aaron Rodgers (8%), Tim Tebow (7%), Russell Wilson (5%), Eli Manning (4%), Cam Newton (3%), or the option for “someone else/not sure” (16%) – to choose from.

However, given the same list of quarterbacks, Griffin also received 11 percent of the votes for least favorite NFL quarterbacks, placing him behind Brady (18%) and Tebow (12%). Thirty-three percent voted for someone else/not sure.

Another question posed to voters seems to have debunked the notion of the Cowboys being ‘America’s Team.’

Only 23 percent of voters felt Dallas was worthy of such a title, versus 60 percent who disagree with that claim. Asked to name their favorite NFL team straight up, 14 percent chose the Broncos, with Denver edging out Dallas by two percent of the votes.

The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.6 percent.

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