Poll: 79% Do Not Think Redskins Should Change Their Name

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | May 2, 2013 | 4:39 PM EDT

Seventy-nine percent of respondents do not believe the Washington Redskins should change their name, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press (AP).

The poll surveyed 1,004 adults between April 11 and April 15 and found that 79% of respondents do not think the Redskins should change their name.

One person told the AP, "That's who they've been forever. That's who they're known as.  I think we as a people make race out to be a bigger issue than it is."

The effort to change the name of the pro football team is not a new one, but the debate has intensified in recent weeks.

Yesterday, D.C. councilman David Grosso introduced legislation to change the name of the Redskins to the Washington Redtails.

Grasso believes that the current name is "racist" and "derogatory."

But, Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III "RGII" doesn't share the councilman's views.

RGIII responded to Grosso's legislation tweeting, "In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness."

As NBC Sports notes, the most important constituency consists of one man: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who is 100 percent certain the name will not change.

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