FLAG SUPPORTERS ALSO MORE LIKELY TO REFLECT OPINION AT THE BALLOT BOX
|| By FITSNEWS || A new poll shows a “sharp racial divide” in South Carolina over the issue of the Confederate flag – which has become the focus of a national firestorm in the wake of last week’s horrific, racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
According to the poll (.pdf HERE) – conducted by the Missouri-based Remington Research Group – 55 percent of South Carolinians supported removing the flag from the grounds of the S.C. State House in the aftermath of the tragedy. Thirty-seven percent oppose taking the flag down – while eight percent are unsure.
Only 47 percent of whites support removing the flag, though, while 72 percent of blacks support removing it. Meanwhile 80 percent of blacks believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism – compared to only 27 percent of whites.
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For example, a whopping 80 percent of flag supporters said they would “hold their state legislator accountable by voting against them if they took a position against their view.” By comparison, 61 percent of flag opponents felt the same way.
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The survey also asked South Carolinians what they believed the Confederate flag symbolizes. A total of 43 percent believe the flag is a symbol of racism compared to 51 percent who believe the flag is a symbol of history; 6 percent were unsure.
South Carolinians believe the Confederate flag reflects poorly upon the state, but not overwhelmingly. Almost a majority, 49 percent, believe the flag reflects poorly upon residents while 40 percent do not believe it reflects poorly; 11 percent were unsure.
“The data shows that supporters of the Confederate flag are much more passionate than opponents, but a majority of South Carolina believes the flag should be removed. A sharp racial divide also exists on this issue, especially on what they believe the flag symbolizes,” said pollster Titus Bond.
Remington Research Group surveyed 975 South Carolinians (a sample weighted to reflect projected 2016 voter turnout) via telephone from June 23-24, 2015. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percent.
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This website long maintained an irreverant indifference toward the flag prior to the “Holy City Massacre,” in which 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof murdered nine South Carolinians at the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C.
“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.