What about the unbiased conclusions of experts: the American Psychological Association released findings in 2005 calling for the permanent discontinuance of Native American mascots based on a large body of scientific research concluding that these mascots are harmful. Can you imagine the impact of mascots on Native American children. RWF has met Native American parents who must bring their kids to school and daily face the insult of the mascots and imagery.
The poll will create a perception that the matter is settled. Supporters of the name have been loudly asserting this. But the struggle will continue and the voice of Native Americans will not be silenced. See just one example of a proud people standing up and asserting who they are; this is a post from the Native American Journalists Association: http://www.naja.com/news/m.blog/509/naja-and-unity-respond-to-recent-washington-nfl-team-name-poll
RWF is a grassroots group of sports fans. We stand in strong solidarity with Native Americans in the quest to change the name.