Redskins’ name: Detailed poll data, and what the term means to you

Some of you are tired of talking about the franchise’s name. I understand that, and feel free to bypass this thread. For those of you who are interested, there are two things I want to draw your attention to, in addition to today’s Jon Morse/Rick Maese story.

The first is the detailed polling data from Capital Insight on this. Six questions were posed to 1,106 Washington area residents, and the breakdown on each one of them, plus a link to a detailed view of the replies is available. Digging into the data, much of it is no surprise, but there are some interesting insights, like that 82 percent of fans said whether or not the team changed its name would not affect how much they backed the team, compared with 10 percent who said they’d be less of a fan and 6 percent who said they’d be more.

Also in the details, 56 percent of fans who don’t want the football team to change ‘Redskins’ find the word an inappropriate way to describe a Native American person.

Which brings us to maybe the most under-discussed aspect of the whole thing: Context. For that, we’ve set aside a forum thread that we’d like to remain free of arguments and vitriol, towards readers who disagree and towards us for continuing to write about the franchise name. It would be nice if readers could share, in their own words, what thoughts the word “Redskins” conjures. For some, it might be a source of pain, or a word that doesn’t personally offend but just seems inappropriate. For others, it might be a reminder of a grandfather who passed away, but was a fan of the team, or a childhood spent rooting for one of the NFL’s most successful franchises.

Here’s the link to the forum thread.

Here’s the introductory text:

When it comes to Washington’s football franchise’s name, we’ve had Post columnists tell you what they think. We’ve reported on what the team, newsmakers and ex-players think. Recently, Capital Insight polled local residents on their thoughts, and Jon Morse and Rick Maese wrote the accompanying story. We haven’t, however, asked you to put in your own thoughtful words what the term ‘Redskins’ – in any context – means to you. When you hear the word, what thoughts and emotions does it conjure up?

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