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Polling The Confederate Flag In South Carolina

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….

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 …

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34 comments

Fact June 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Put to vote in SC elections. Polls are too easy to skew and the on-line ones are very easy to manipulate.

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Rocky June 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

No, let the Legislature continue their work and remove it now. They have the information they need. We don’t need to wait until 2016 to remove the blemish. Do you vote on acne?

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afmajret June 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

or on ass boils!

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Nölff June 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm

I’d like to see every issue solved that way, but these politicians have to use this issue to their own advantage.

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Gregory Deese June 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm

That will change, One shot poll in the midst of a heated crisis,

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southmauldin June 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Real leaders don’t give a shit about polls. They lead. This state needs leading in the worst way.

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Bible Thumper June 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Haley is leading. That reflects some of the change in the polls.

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Mack June 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Haley is following the instructions of her Corporate and RNC bosses. Reince Preibus, Boeing, BMW, and Volvo. Nothing more. She deserves no credit for flip flopping when big guns put her feet to the fire. Its all politics as usual. What she and the entire Republican leadership should be hung out to dry for is not giving a crap about the feelings of the black citizens of this state, until they had 9 dead people on their hands. Now they want to take credit for brining the flag down. I call BS. The people who brought the flag down are being buried in Charleston..

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Slartibartfast June 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Perhaps. But all I see are not leaders, just lemmings at the front of the line.

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God bless the innocent June 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I remember many, many polls which were way, way, off.
The most recent Senate elections are one, the re-election of Prime Minister Netanyahu another. I recall them time and again. Gov. Beasley sealed his fate with his move to remove the flag. Frankly, I don’t care one way or the other; but, Haley and her sycophants may live to regret reaping what they sow.
I have many friends, many of whom are black. One I love like a brother, there is no better person. Had a conversation yesterday with others, they told me they were tired of the controversy and wish the controversy would go away. We all agreed relations in the South were doing much better and Obama’s attempts at division, Sharpton all needed to keep quiet. We all agree, what happened in Charleston was horrible and the people of Charleston black and white had come together and showed the Nation how these things should be handled. The feelings would be the same, had it been a white Church.
Unlike the idiots, none of us blame the gun! If it had been taken into the Church and laid on a pew and left untouched, NO One would have been injured!
Who was responsible for passing the laws, which prevent someone’s mental illness from being shared, to help keep guns out of their hands? The liberals and Lawyers! Why can past convictions not be brought up in current court proceedings? liberals and Lawyers! How many crimes have been committed by illegals and who is responsible for not deporting them and releasing them back on the streets of America to create more misery and commit more crimes? The liberals and the lawyers!

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Nölff June 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

“I have friends who are black” That’s what they all say. I bet they’re all people you work with.

It’s Obama and the Mexicans fault, ain’t it.

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E Norma Scok June 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Well, probably Obama. He kinda sucks.

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Have a Blessed Day June 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

No body can help what weak, diseased minds think! Just like the 21 year old diseased mind that committed this horrible crime. I have black friends too and they did not want Sharpton in Charleston stirring up hate and violence. I’m afraid you may be a little biased, as you want to call others.
What has your buddy Obama and the illegals done for you? Take your jobs, sell drugs to your kids? Not all are bad, just like all Police, all Blacks, all Whites, all Mexicans, or Asians are not all bad. It is a small minority which makes life difficult for the rest. You may want to re-listen the Sermon of Pastor Norvel Goff Sr.last Sunday at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston. He gave a wonderful and moving sermon.
Believe what you will and God Bless us all.

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Tony June 25, 2015 at 12:29 am

Every Nazi had a Jewish friend.

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Bible Thumper June 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

“…they told me they were tired of the controversy and wish the controversy would go away.”
There will always be controversy, but this one won’t go away until the flag is down.

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RhettButla June 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Here’s a comment too nasty for Free Times Rant & Rave… So, there’s more to being Governor than winning the pageant. We have the first black President of the United States coming to South Carolina to eulogize a black State Senator, killed in his church along with eight others by an avowed white racest, local boy, one of us, one of Nikki’s constituents. She issues an executive Order to the effect that during these proceedings the Confederate Battle Flag will fly above the National Colors. I suspect her intention was to honor the dead. (Where was her legal counsel) Pay attention people. This fact is an insult to the President, to us, and to the Nation. If she cannot compell her colegues in the General Assembly to move that flag, her only option is to have it Hooded in Black on the pole where it stands.

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utah June 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

What are you talking about? First, haley never issued an executive order regarding the confederate flag. Second, if you had actually ever been to the State House, you’d know that the confederate flag flies about 10 feet above the ground. Even when the US and SC flags were set at half staff, they flew well above it. So what, exactly, is the problem?

Seems to me you’re just another out of state interloper who knows nothing about which he speaks–and this is coming from someone who believes the flag should be removed.

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Slartibartfast June 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

“Rhett! How many times have I told you to wash up after th’ weekly cross burnin’?” [licks his fingers, then rubs Bart’s hand]

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jeff d. June 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

this time the flag, next time ammunition, next time your gun, next time ???? . when will it stop ?

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STFU June 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

When idiots like you quit hyberbolizing.

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YSTFU June 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Open your mouth and say “yummmm” as Obama whips it out.

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Levon June 25, 2015 at 12:31 am

Get used to it white boy!

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Too Dumb To Breathe June 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Speed limits? What’s next, OXYGEN LIMITS? IT’S A SLIPPERY SLOPE PEOPLE, THEY ARE ALL GOING TO KILL US!!!

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shifty henry June 25, 2015 at 12:37 am

What’s next? They’ll be after Fitsnews..!!

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Squishy123 June 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm

WIS’s pulled their poll after it went above 50% to not remove it.

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That's Scientific June 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Guess a lot of rednecks love WIS?

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Lone Ranger June 24, 2015 at 6:51 pm

As little Robert Bentley knee-jerked with SC’s RINOs Haley
and Joe Wilson–trying to savage white history to advance their political
careers

They predestined their gutless selves to the ash-heap of
history…where the ghosts of OTHER cowards joined weeds as their overseers !!!

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Tonto June 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm

White people have savaged their history just fine on their own. No help needed there.

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Lone Ranger June 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

And in a related poll Wednesday…it was revealed that RINO
Joe Wilson didn’t vote for RINO John Boehner or to give INCOMPETENT Obama
fast-track

And Nikki Haley nor Joe hate conservatives anymore and—when it
comes to RINO politics—neither one of the greedy ingrates is on heroin or crack
!!!

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shifty henry June 25, 2015 at 12:46 am

Senator Beauregard Claghorn and his wife Magnolia, together with Aunt Rose Comfort, have signed in protesting removal of “THE FLAG”….

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jimmypetigru June 25, 2015 at 1:01 am

42 percent is a big block o’ votes i myself will not be voting republican if the flag comes down. as well as all my inbred cuzins from ohio

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stumpknocker June 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

screw the flag, take a trip down 21 to Beaufort, our roads are a mess, we ought to be using our votes for something important

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Ted E Bear June 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

Then if you are so confident that the poll is correct, then why not the courage to put it on the ballot? I must remind you though, thanks to the new voter ID law, the dead can no longer vote.

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