Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20802
 
Cell-phones and home-phones are included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 500 Washington DC DMA adults 10/11/13 through 10/13/13. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.
 
1How much attention have you been paying to news stories about the name of the local National Football League team, The Washington Redskins? A lot of attention? Some? Very little? Or no attention at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
A Lot44%50%38%54%36%35%49%45%41%39%46%66%****56%39%14%54%38%
Some35%33%37%33%39%38%29%36%34%38%33%17%****32%37%43%30%38%
Very Little15%11%18%7%18%19%17%13%18%16%16%3%****10%17%25%10%17%
None6%6%6%5%7%7%5%6%6%6%4%14%****3%7%16%4%7%
Not Sure0%0%1%1%0%0%0%1%0%1%0%0%****0%0%2%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
2If the name of the team were changed, would you be ... more of a fan of the team than you are now? Less of a fan of the team than you are now? Or would it make no difference to you either way?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
More Of a Fan18%19%18%19%17%19%20%18%19%17%27%10%****23%15%11%20%18%
Less Of a Fan25%23%27%30%23%25%21%26%23%25%15%42%****30%22%15%22%27%
No Difference55%57%54%50%58%54%58%54%56%57%57%46%****46%62%73%57%54%
Not Sure1%1%1%0%2%1%1%1%1%1%1%2%****1%2%0%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
3Forgetting for the moment about the football team, and just thinking about the word itself ... if someone referred to a Native American person as a "redskin," do you think that Native American person would have the right to feel offended?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Yes59%60%58%66%60%58%42%63%51%57%75%40%****52%70%63%67%55%
No26%27%25%20%24%24%43%22%33%28%13%38%****30%22%21%20%29%
Not Sure15%13%17%13%15%18%14%14%16%16%11%22%****18%8%16%13%16%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
4The former CEO of the Oakland Raiders has said it would be unacceptable if the name "Redskins" were instead any other negative term used against other races. Do you agree with this statement? Disagree? Or have no opinion?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Agree41%41%41%49%38%41%31%43%36%42%45%20%****36%51%40%52%36%
Disagree19%22%15%22%13%15%26%18%20%17%13%34%****23%14%13%18%19%
No Opinion41%37%44%29%49%43%44%39%43%41%42%46%****41%35%46%31%45%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
5The word "redskin" is listed as offensive in dictionaries, and considered a racial slur by many Native Americans. Does this make you more likely to say the team should change its name? Less likely? Or make no difference either way?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
More Likely44%44%44%47%44%44%38%46%41%42%57%31%****40%50%47%51%40%
Less Likely18%15%21%12%22%17%25%17%21%19%16%10%****21%16%13%11%22%
No Difference36%40%33%38%34%38%36%36%37%38%25%53%****38%33%37%36%37%
Not Sure2%1%2%3%1%1%1%2%1%1%2%6%****1%1%3%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
6The Washington Wizards pro basketball team changed its name from the Washington Bullets in the mid-90's, during a period of high crime in DC. Did that name change give you a more favorable view of the team? A less favorable view? Or did it make no difference?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
More Favorable29%30%28%33%26%31%24%29%28%28%39%17%****32%29%19%38%24%
Less Favorable17%23%11%18%15%20%15%16%18%16%4%41%****20%11%15%13%18%
No Difference53%46%60%47%59%49%60%53%54%55%55%42%****48%58%61%45%57%
Not Sure1%2%1%3%1%0%1%2%1%1%2%0%****0%1%5%4%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
7If the Redskins were to change their name, would letting the public help choose the new name be a good idea? Or a bad idea?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Good Idea64%63%64%69%60%67%57%64%63%64%72%55%****62%64%70%70%61%
Bad Idea26%29%23%21%27%26%32%24%29%26%15%35%****29%25%18%17%30%
Not Sure10%7%13%9%13%7%11%11%9%9%14%10%****9%11%12%14%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
8Is your opinion of Washington Redskins football team owner Daniel Snyder favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or do you have no opinion of him?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Favorable25%26%24%32%20%20%29%26%24%22%25%39%****35%16%9%30%23%
Unfavorable32%38%27%26%32%43%33%29%38%38%22%19%****25%40%41%25%36%
Neutral29%27%32%30%31%26%28%31%27%25%38%38%****31%30%25%31%28%
No Opinion13%9%17%12%17%11%11%14%11%14%15%5%****9%15%24%14%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
9Washington team owner Dan Snyder has been invited to attend a meeting between NFL officials and Native Americans who have raised concerns about the Washington team name. Do you think Snyder should attend the meeting?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Yes77%75%78%79%75%77%74%77%76%79%82%63%****78%77%71%79%76%
No14%17%11%13%14%17%12%14%14%13%5%29%****13%16%12%9%16%
Not Sure9%9%10%8%11%7%14%9%10%8%12%8%****9%7%16%12%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
10If Snyder does attend the meeting, would it be appropriate? Or inappropriate? For him to use the term "redskins" when talking NOT about the football team, but when talking about Native Americans themselves?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Appropriate18%20%16%32%10%14%10%21%12%17%16%26%****20%19%12%32%11%
Inappropriate66%66%66%58%71%73%63%65%69%66%71%68%****63%70%70%56%71%
Not Sure16%14%18%10%19%13%27%14%19%17%14%7%****18%11%18%11%18%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
11Recently, both Democratic and Republican elected officials, including President Obama, have been supportive of the idea of changing the team's name. Aditionally, a psychologist has concluded the name has a negative impact on the self-image of Native American children. If the team DID decide to change its name ... would you be comfortable? Or uncomfortable? With their decision to make the change?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceFanCell Phone / Lan
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicNativeAsian / RedskinsOther TeNo TeamCell PhoLandline
Comfortable58%60%56%63%55%62%50%59%57%58%70%43%****55%64%59%65%55%
Uncomfortable27%27%27%21%32%26%29%27%27%28%16%32%****30%24%21%17%32%
Not Sure15%13%17%16%13%12%21%14%16%14%14%25%****15%12%20%19%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%33%32%19%16%66%34%62%22%7%3%5%54%28%18%33%67%
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.