WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new poll of 701 NFL fans in the Washington, D.C. area found an overwhelming majority of respondents to be in staunch support of the Redskins team name.
The poll, conducted between July 20 and July 21 via mobile and landline phones, by Vox Populi – which literally translates, from Latin, to ‘the people’s voice’ – found 65 percent of people polled, who identified themselves as NFL fans, rejected changing the team’s name.
“It appears that Washington Redskins fans are standing behind owner Dan Snyder’s commitment to keep their team name,” said Vox Populi Polling spokeswoman Lisa Boothe.
Of the people polled who identified themselves as Redskins fans, 77 percent reject changing the name.
Furthermore, 71 percent of NFL fans did not find the Redskins name offensive, as compared to 83 percent of Redskins fans polled who feel the same.
“Despite calls from some to change the Redskins’ namesake, the vast majority of fans do not find the team name offensive,” Boothe said.
Perhaps even more noteworthy, 56 percent of those polled said they would not purchase new merchandise if the team did in fact change its name.
“In another sign of support, the majority of Washington, DC fans would not purchase new team merchandise if the Redskins changed their name,” said Boothe.
All respondents live in either Maryland (more specifically, Montgomery, Pr. George’s, Charles, St. Mary’s or Calvert counties), Virginia or Washington, D.C.
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