Most NFL players do not think the Washington Redskins should change its embattled team name, according to a survey by ESPN in advance of tonight's Outside the Lines special at 8 ET on ESPN2.
Players were asked: "Yes or No: Do the Redskins need to change their name?" The network said the non-scientific survey by its NFL Nation found 58% said no and 42% said yes of the 286 players who participated.
The public at large backs the name by a wider margin. A poll conducted by Langer Research for tonight's special found 71% of respondents favor keeping the name and 23% think it should be changed, up from 8% who favored change in 1992. The poll of 1,019 Americans was conducted by phone last month.
"Back in 1992, when about nine in 10 Americans opposed changing the team's name, opinion was basically uniform across groups," Langer Research said.
"The increase since then in support for a change has occurred chiefly among Democrats, younger adults, those living in the Northeast and West and people with higher incomes and more education."
ESPN said in a separate survey, 26 Washington NFL players said the name should not be changed, one said it should and 24 declined to answer.