MAJORITY OF PALMETTO STATE RESIDENTS WANT BANNER TO COME DOWN
|| By FITSNEWS || A majority of South Carolinians – 54 percent – want the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the S.C. State House. Meanwhile 35 percent want the controversial banner to stay where it is.
That’s according to a new poll from Crantford Research conducted in the aftermath of S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s recent about-face on the flag – motivated by last week’s horrific, racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
The Crantford data – first published by The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times – comes as state lawmakers have agreed to address the issue during an extended legislative session. The flag’s removal is not a done deal, although there appears to be momentum in both the S.C. House and State Senate to take the banner down.
From The Free Times …
Among whites, 45 percent want the flag to come down and 42 percent don’t. Seventy-three percent of African-Americans want the flag taken down. More women (58 percent) than men (48 percent) want the flag to come down.
Crantford Research conducted two polls, the first on June 22 and the second on June 23, both dealing with separate issues concerning the Confederate flag. The first poll included 644 registered South Carolina voters and has a margin of error +/- 3.8 percent; the second poll included 517 registered voters and has a margin of error +/- 4.3 percent.
Last fall 61 percent of South Carolinians – including 73 percent of white South Carolinians – supported keeping the flag on the State House grounds, according to data from Winthrop University.
Prior to the Charleston tragedy, this website was indifferent to the flag.
“State leaders can leave it, move it, burn it or use it as a bath towel for all we care,” we wrote back in 2011.
But things change … and as we noted in our original column calling for the banner to come down, our indifference is no longer acceptable given the extent to which the flag’s racist roots are being exploited by those wishing to deprive black Americans of their most fundamental liberty: The right to a beating heart.
Lawmakers are doing exactly what we urged them to do regarding the flag.
We hope they keep it up no matter what the polls say …