Poll: More than half of ‘southerners’ want some kind of action on Confederate monuments

VIDEO: More than half of 'Southerners' want action on Confederate monuments

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new Winthrop poll released Tuesday says more than 50 percent of southerners want something done about Confederate monuments and don’t want them to be left as they are.

The poll defined the south as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The sample size did not allow for breakdowns by individual states. For this latest Winthrop Poll, callers surveyed 969 residents in 11 Southern states by landline and cell phones between Nov. 10-20 and Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

“All told, 56% want to do something other than simply leave the monuments and statues as they are, but these folks are very divided on what should be done," Poll director Dr. Scott Huffman said. "A strong plurality advocate leaving them as they are.”

42 percent of Southerners said to leave those memorials alone, while 28 percent said to add a plaque for context and historical interpretation. As far as statues honoring leaders and politicians who supported racial segregation, 30 percent said to leave the statues in public spaces. One-fourth said to add a marker, another fourth said to put them in a museum, while 13 percent said to remove them.

When asked what to do with monuments or memorials to Confederate who died during the Civil War, 47 percent of white respondents said to leave them as is compared to just 26 percent of black respondents. In total, 28 percent of respondents said to leave the monuments but add a marker, 23 percent wanted them moved to a museum and 5 percent wanted them removed completely.

When asked if their view of of the Confederate flag was favorable or unfavorable, 37 percent said it was “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” while 46 percent of respondents said their view was either “somewhat unfavorable” or “very unfavorable."

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