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Poll of NFL Fans: 'Redskins' Not Offensive, Keep the Name

Poll of NFL Fans: 'Redskins' Not Offensive, Keep the Name

NFL fans don’t agree with Eric Holder, Keith Olbermann, and Hillary Clinton on the Washington Redskins.

A Sports Illustrated/Marketing & Research Resources poll of 500 NFL fans found that 79 percent of them do not consider the nickname of Washington’s NFL team offensive. Just 25 percent of NFL fans want the Redskins to change their name. One in ten respondents dub the name “very offensive.”

The survey of NFL fans meshes with broader polls of the American people. In a poll conducted in the spring of 2013, the Associated Press found that 79 percent of the American people want the Redskins to retain their name. Public Policy Polling’s survey released earlier this year reported that just 18 percent of respondents support the team changing the name. A Langer Research poll taken in August for ESPN’s Outside the Lines found that more than seven in ten respondents back keeping “Redskins.” 

“We’ll never change the name,” Dan Snyder told USA Today last year. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

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