On Oct. 9 Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wrote an open letter to fans explaining why the team wouldn't be changing its name. Snyder cited several polls in his letter among them an AP poll taken in May where 79 percent of respondents said they didn't have a problem with the Redskins name. A new poll was released on Wednesday and it's safe to say that Snyder probably won't be referencing any time soon. In a poll commissioned by the Oneida Indian Nation 59 percent of respondents say Native Americans have a right to feel offended by the term Redskins. Among Redskins fans polled a total of 46 percent of respondents said a name change would not lessen their support for the team. Another 23 percent said that a name change would actually make them even more of a Washington fan. The poll of 500 adults in the Washington D.C. area was conducted by SurveyUSA and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. In his letter Snyder said he respects people who disagree but he has no plans to change the team's name. I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years the team name "Redskins" continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from who we are and who we want to be in the years to come. The NFL plans to meet with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation in November to have a conversation about the Redskins team name. Snyder's been invited to attend but has yet to confirm if he'll be there. Among those polled 77 percent of respondents believe Snyder should attend.
Poll: 59 percent see why 'Redskins' is offensive to Native Americans
CBS Sports | Oct 16