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Poll: Less Than 30 Percent Of Americans Say Redskins Should Change Their Name
The Federalist ^ | July 18, 2020 | Paulina Enck

Posted on 07/18/2020 10:36:06 AM PDT by Kaslin

Nearly half of respondents of a national poll conducted by Morning Consult are just fine with the name of NFL team The Washington Redskins. The football team, which has been for years accused of racism against Native Americans despite polls finding Native American majorities support the name, has been slated for change to placate a small group of online leftist agitators.

However, it turns out that far more Americans believe the name ought to remain than those who prefer a more culturally sensitive name. According to the poll, 49 percent of respondents believe the Redskins should keep their nickname, with only 29 percent in favor of the upcoming change and 22 percent unsure.

When broken down by generation, the nickname is less popular with Gen Z than with any others. Forty-five percent of Gen Z are in favor of changing the name, with only 23 percent supporting the nickname’s maintenance. Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers all see a larger percentage of their respective populations support keeping the name.

The desire to change drops to 31 percent for millennials, with 47 percent in favor of the name. Gen X decreases again, with only 27 percent wishing to rid the team of the name, compared to the 55 percent who support it. Only 24 percent of Boomers believe the name ought to be removed, with 56 percent who believe it should remain.

When looking at how the name’s popularity changes among racial lines, it becomes clear that white people predominately support the name, Black people believe it ought to be changed, although by fewer than half, and Hispanic people are torn.

Fifty-seven percent of white respondents think the team should keep the nickname, while only 24 percent argue for its removal. In contrast, 46 percent of black respondents believe the team name should change, with only 23 percent in favor of it remaining. Hispanic respondents are split right down the middle, with 38 percent supporting both keeping and changing the nickname.

Along with asking whether the team nickname should be changed, the poll explored how many respondents found the name offensive compared to other team mascots attacked as propagating ethnic or racial stereotypes.

The Redskins ranked the second most offensive name, with 30 percent of respondents finding the name and logo offensive. The only team to score higher was the Cleveland Indians and their mascot Chief Wahoo, who was deemed offensive by 33 percent of respondents.

The other potentially controversial mascots included: Chicago Blackhawks (25 percent), Florida State Seminoles (24 percent), Atlanta Braves (17 percent), Kansas City Chiefs (16 percent), Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16 percent), and the Edmonton Eskimos (16 percent).

This poll did not break out the data any Native American respondents, if there were any. It would be interesting to see what their opinion on the name and its potential change would be, as that is the group the change is purportedly protecting. Historically, Native Americans have been widely supportive of the team’s name.

A 2016 Washington Post poll of Native Americans showed that 90 percent of respondents were not bothered by the name, and 78 percent found the debate unimportant. Many respondents took it a step further, and declared they like the team’s name and find it supportive of Native Americans. The Washington Post results also fit a 2004 poll of Native Americans conducted by University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey, which also saw 90 percent of respondents supporting the name.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: babyboomer; clevelandindians; football; genx; genz; millennial; nfl; polls; redskins; washingtonredskins
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1 posted on 07/18/2020 10:36:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Polls also show two-thirds support Confederate statues/monuments too.

You wouldn’t know that listening to the mainstream media and Twitter.


2 posted on 07/18/2020 10:38:24 AM PDT by Trump20162020
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To: Kaslin

My favorite replacement idea is a redskin potato placed right over the indians head, leave the feathers LOL


3 posted on 07/18/2020 10:39:14 AM PDT by gdc61 (LOL not.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, but who the heck listens to the majority?


4 posted on 07/18/2020 10:39:30 AM PDT by Lopeover (Patriots Fight)
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To: Kaslin

They gave them the inch

Now they’ll demand the other 5279 feet, 11 inches


5 posted on 07/18/2020 10:39:39 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin

I don’t really give a sh%% what those a-holes do! The NFL will be insufferable from here on out. Everything will be a dedication to BLM. Flags, commentary, items worn by the players and coaches. They’ll kneel during the anthem and then the anthem will eventually be replaced. This BLM BS will not end.


6 posted on 07/18/2020 10:40:23 AM PDT by albie
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To: Trump20162020

over 2/3 of the country want some restrictions on abortion too

Doesn’t matter to the Left


7 posted on 07/18/2020 10:40:38 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin

“placate a small group of online leftist agitators.”

The name change was done to placate FedEx who writes a $200 million check to the team.


8 posted on 07/18/2020 10:41:20 AM PDT by Meatspace
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To: albie

Will anyone have to balls to kneel when the black anthem is played?


9 posted on 07/18/2020 10:41:34 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin

the name change was sacrificed to the sexual harassment scandal that broke afterwards. they knew the story was coming out, and hoped that dumping the name would somehow decrease the screaming that they knew would ensue.

they were wrong, of course.


10 posted on 07/18/2020 10:42:08 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie
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To: digger48

NBA, College hoops, all sports will be a tribute to BLM. Time for sports nuts to find new hobbies.


11 posted on 07/18/2020 10:43:37 AM PDT by albie
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To: Kaslin

Hopefully over 2/3 of usual NFL fans will Just Say No! and save yourself some time, money and aggravation.


12 posted on 07/18/2020 10:43:53 AM PDT by Maudeen (www.thereishopeinJesus.com)
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To: Kaslin

Washington Engines


13 posted on 07/18/2020 10:44:01 AM PDT by ALASKA (Watching an attempted coup by a thousand cuts)
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To: Kaslin

You’d think American Indians themselves would be pissed about being “canceled”.


14 posted on 07/18/2020 10:44:39 AM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Kaslin

Years ago Dennis Praeger interviewed a Native American “activist” trying to pressure the Chiefs, Braves, Indians etc to change their names (Chief Running Crybaby?). He asked Praeger hownhe would like it if there were a team called the Texas Jewboys? Praeger laughed hysterically and said he’d be overjoyed because finally after 5000 years someone would be cheering for us.


15 posted on 07/18/2020 10:47:08 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (Virtue signalling is no virtue)
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To: albie

Last time I watched ANY sports game was when the Colts won the SB back in ‘07

And then, it was only because I was invited to a big party and the Colts are local


16 posted on 07/18/2020 10:47:17 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin

“Poll: Less Than 30 Percent Of Americans Say Redskins Should Change Their Name”

Makes no difference-corporate America is all in for the left


17 posted on 07/18/2020 10:47:32 AM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Kaslin; All

Who cares? The more we discuss these silly topics, the more we are perpetuating new ones. If everyone turned their backs on this crap, the “me too” crowd would not exist.


18 posted on 07/18/2020 10:47:35 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: Kaslin

And those who say it should be changed haven’t the slightest clue why. I’ll support the change when they rename those redskin potatoes at the super.


19 posted on 07/18/2020 10:47:47 AM PDT by I want the USA back (BLM is a violent marxist movement designed to overthrow the US constitutional form of government.)
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To: Kaslin

A handful of white liberals on Twitter like to signal their virtue over an issue that doesn’t effect them at all. That’s all it takes these days.


20 posted on 07/18/2020 10:48:07 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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