According to Sports Business News, the majority of Washington, D.C. residents want the Washington Redskins to keep the its name. A Vox Populi poll found that 65% of NFL fans reject changing the team 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. “Despite calls from some to change the Redskins’ namesake, the vast majority of fans do not find the team name offensive. In another sign of support, the majority of Washington, D.C. fans would not purchase new team merchandise if the Redskins changed their name.”
The Vox Populi survey, which was conducted July 20-21 was of 701 self-declared NFL fans. They all live in either Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia within the Washington D.C. Metro Area or in one of the following counties in the state of Maryland: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert.
Based on Redskins fans, 77% don’t want the name changed. Of the NFL fans polled, 71% said the Redskins name is not offensive and 83 of the individuals who identified themselves as Redskins fans do not find it offensive.