WTOP’s “Beltway Poll” announced this morning showed that more than 60% of those in the region don’t believe the Washington Redskins should change their name. Of the more than 600 surveyed in WTOP’s listening area, 69% say the team name controversy has not influenced their decision to purchase Redskins’ tickets or merchandise.
While more than half of respondents don’t think a name change is necessary, 55% believe the name will eventually have to change and 72% don’t think the media should stop using the Redskins name.
The survey was conducted following a June 18 announcement that the U.S. Patent Office canceled 6 Redskins football team trademarks after its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that those in question were “disparaging to Native Americans.” In May, 50 US Senators signed support for name change of the Washington NFL team.
The WTOP “Beltway Poll” was conducted by Heart and Mind Strategies and reached 604 participants in the WTOP listening area from June 20-26, 2014. Comprehensive findings can be found here.