The Washington Post Polls Readers on Team Name


Washington Post readers are casting their votes on whether they think the Washington Redskins should change their name. 

The poll, which was posted on October 3, asks them to vote on the decades-long argument by clicking ‘yes’ or ‘no.’

So far, 43 percent voted to change the team’s name and 57 percent say it should stay the same. 

Ricky Gibson, a Post reader, voted to change the name because his adopted daughter is Native American. He wrote, “Say we go to a game and she's wearing a Redskins jersey, cheering the team, and a camera puts her image on the large screen with the caption, ‘A redskin for the Redskins!!’" If it ever were acceptable, it isn’t anymore,” he wrote.

2ndReconUSMC wrote, “I think the PC Police should stop trying to impose their will on the rest of America. Hail to the Redskins, and give us back our Bullets!”

The polling page, which can be found here, says that the results are not statistically valid, and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of the Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

The Post's editorial board is one of several media companies urging the team's owner, Dan Snyder, to change the name.