News

Majority of Washington residents back Redskins name

Majority of Washington residents back Redskins name

WHAT'S IN A NAME?:The National Football League franchise has faced decades of criticism over its name, which dates from the 1930s. The Redskins are appealing the patent tribunal's ruling and retain trademark protection until the process is concluded. Photo: Associated Press

(Reuters) – Most Washington-area residents said the NFL’s Washington Redskins should keep its name, but the majority also said they believe the team will have to change its name, a poll released on Tuesday showed.

The survey for WTOP radio was carried out shortly after a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal canceled six Redskins trademarks earlier this month, saying they disparaged Native Americans.

Sixty-one percent of the 604 adults reached by telephone said they supported keeping the Redskins name, the poll said.

Sixty-seven percent of those polled in Virginia and 60 percent in Maryland said they supported the name. But in the District of Columbia, 57 percent said the name should be changed.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said they believed the team would have to change its name eventually, according to the survey, taken between June 20 and June 26.

A name change was opposed by 81 percent of those who identify themselves as “strong Redskins fans.” Among casual fans, 56 percent were against a change.

Only 21 percent of those surveyed backed a boycott of Redskins sponsors, such as FedEx Corp, to push for a new name. FedEx has naming rights to the Redskins’ stadium in Landover, Maryland.

The National Football League franchise has faced decades of criticism over its name, which dates from the 1930s. The Redskins are appealing the patent tribunal’s ruling and retain trademark protection until the process is concluded.

The poll, carried out by marketing firm Heart + Mind Strategies, had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Latest Headlines

in Local

Apartment Owner Shoots Robber

GUN

Rockland, ME (WGAN) A would-be robber got a surprise early Tuesday in Rockland.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: One wild ride

20-overlay

This is one way to get around ... but it seems like people are doing more and more dangerous stuff while wearing a camera.

in Local

Referendum Ballot Set

GENERIC VOTE SIGNS

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Officials say the language of an upcoming statewide ballot question about campaign finance is now finalized.

in Local

Rand Paul Brings Presidential Aspirations To Maine

RAND PAUL

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is returning to the Maine location where his father drew a big crowd in 2012, the year Ron Paul's supporters took over the state convention.

in Local

Maine Governor Objects 2 National Monument Proposals

Photo: Associated Press/Charles Dharapak

Maine's governor has written to President Barack Obama and the state's congressional delegation to oppose two national monument proposals in the state.

Tweets

  • 3h
  • 4h
  • 5h
  • 16h
  • 16h
  • 16h
  • 17h