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Published May 16, 2012, 08:47 AM

Poll: Many voters would discontinue nickname so it wouldn’t hurt UND athletics

(WDAY TV) - Our Forum Communications Company exclusive polling on the June election continues with a look at one of the most controversial issues in the state. Measure 4 is a veto referendum on UND's fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

(WDAY TV) - Our Forum Communications Company exclusive polling on the June election continues with a look at one of the most controversial issues in the state. Measure 4 is a veto referendum on UND's fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

Measure 4 can be a little tricky. A Yes vote on June 12th doesn't mean you are for the nickname. It means you want UND to stop using the fighting sioux nickname and logo, considered hostile and abusive by the NCAA. Voting NO means you want to force the university to use it.

Our poll, conducted by Essman Research of Iowa, found 56 percent of those sampled plan to vote yes, 44 percent no. It gets really interesting when you break it down by age. 65 % of those 18-30 are strongly opposed to doing away with fighting Sioux while 62% of those 31-45 are strongly for getting rid of it.

Of those who plan to vote YES, 41% said keeping it would hurt UND's athletics. 33% said I just want it to end.

While 44 % of those who plan to vote NO say the NCAA should not dictate such matters to the state of the university. 27 % said it shows pride in the state's Indian heritage.

And another interesting breakdown by county shows support for getting rid of the nickname at 69% in Grand Forks County. 67% in Cass County.

Petitions for a constitutional amendment to require UND to use the nickname are being circulated. Supporters need to turn in about 27-thousand signatures by August 8th to get it on the November ballot.

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