Dan Snyder is, unsurprisingly, pleased to see that a new poll shows the vast majority of Native Americans do not object to the name of his team.
A statement from Snyder provided to PFT says that the poll released today confirms the team’s longstanding belief that the team name is embraced by the Native American community.
“The Washington Redskins team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect, and pride. Today’s Washington Post polling shows Native Americans agree. We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name,” Snyder said.
The Washington Post‘s poll of a randomly selected national sample of 504 Native American adults asked, “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive, or doesn’t it bother you?” The answer was that 90 percent answered that the name doesn’t bother them. Only 9 percent called the name offensive, with 1 percent having no opinion.
Snyder has insisted that his team’s name will never change. This poll gives him a strong case to claim support from Native Americans for that position.