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Thu October 17, 2013
Sports

Poll: Most fans okay with Redskins name change

A poll conducted by the Oneida Indian Nation has found that a majority of Washington D.C. residents wouldn't be bothered if the city's professional football team changed its name.

The poll, released Wednesday, finds 55 percent of residents say it would make no difference if the Washington Redskins went by a different mascot. A quarter of those surveyed said they would be less of a fan, but 18 percent said they would be more.

The Oneida Nation has been leading a push that has gained momentum in recent weeks for the Redskins to change its name. The Oneida and some other Native Americans say the mascot is racist and offensive.

Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder has been adamant about not changing the name, saying in a letter last week it is a badge of honor, not a label.

"You cannot poll morality, and our hope is that Mr. Snyder will demonstrate true leadership and change the offensive name, not because of what any public opinion studies show, but because it's the right thing to do," Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter said in a statement.

The poll was conducted by SurveyUSA of 500 Washington D.C. area residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.