Oneida Indian Nation releases data showing name change wouldn't affect Redskins' support

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Oneida Indian Nation released the results of a poll Wednesday showing that if the Washington Redskins stopped using its name, the vast majority of Washington-area residents say they will still support the team.

According to the poll, 73 percent say the move will not weaken their support for the team or would strengthen their support. The poll also showed 77 percent believe that Redskins owner Dan Snyder should meet face-to-face with the American Indians who have expressed concerns over the team's name.

The poll also showed 59 percent said American Indians have the right to feel offended by the term "redskins" and 44 percent said that when they learn the term is defined as offensive by the dictionary, they are more likely to support changing the team's name. According to the poll, 66 percent say if Snyder meets with Indian leaders, he should not refer to them as "redskins," as the term is inappropriate.

The Oneida Indian Nation has conducted public opinion polling as a part of its national "Change the Mascot" campaign. The first installment of polling data was conducted by SurveyUSA, which surveyed men and women residing in the Washington, D.C.,metro  area.

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