In a poll conducted recently by the Washington Post, nine out of 10 Native Americans said they were not offended by the Redskins’ nickname.
Seven out of 10 respondents said they didn’t feel the word Redskin is disrespectful to Native Americans,and eight out of 10 said they would not be offended if a non-Native American person called them a Redskin.
The poll surveyed 504 people from every state and Washington, D.C. Of those surveyed, 44% said they were current members of a Native American tribe and 51% said they were pro football fans. The results of the poll “were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations,” the Post wrote.
In a 2014 poll by SI.com, 25% of NFL fans said Washington should change its nickname and 79% said they did not find the nickname offensive.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled Washington’s trademark on the nickname in 2014 on the grounds that it was “disparaging to Native Americans.” The team asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case last month.
Washington owner Dan Snyder has said he will “never” change the team's name.