New York, NY – The narrative that the name Redskins offends a majority of Native Americans took a hit in a recent poll conducted by the Washington Post. The poll found that nine of 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the Washington Redskins name.
Ninety percent of the random national sample of 504 Native Americans said the name doesn’t bother them; 9 percent said it was offensive. Native Americans make up about 2 percent of the U.S. population.
Interviews were conducted from December through April on landline and cellphones, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.
Washington owner Dan Snyder said in a statement the “team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect and pride.” He added: “We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community, and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name.”
(the Associated Press contributed to this post)