SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - A new poll released by Winthrop University found that two-thirds of South Carolinians approve of the Confederate flag's removal.
Released Wednesday morning, the poll surveyed 963 South Carolinans aged 18 and older via telephone.
Poll takers were also asked whether they view the Confederate Battle Flag as a symbol of southern pride or racial conflict. 40 percent of respondents said it stood for racial conflict, while 47 percent said it stood for Southern pride.
Some of the other poll questions covered thoughts on same-sex marriage and our governmental leaders' performances.
"Even though the U.S. Supreme Court voted this summer that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, half of the poll respondents said the union should not be recognized by law as valid," the release states.
According to the Winthrop Poll, President Barack Obama's approval rating in South Carolina is 41 percent. Meanwhile, Congress' approval rating by the Palmetto State residents continues to slide and is at 12 percent.
Respondents gave Governor Nikki Haley a 55 percent approval rating.
On economy, only one fourth of the South Carolina residents who responded said our country is headed in the right direction. Half of respondents believe this country's economic conditions as a whole are getting worse.
Regarding roads, 84 percent of respondents said the priority should be to fix existing roads, not build new roads.
The Winthrop Poll also revealed:
"That 71 percent of respondents support a proposal before the S.C. General Assembly to allow the state health department to offer the HPV vaccine to female students entering seventh grade.
That 51 percent of participants said that generations of slavery and discrimination do not make it difficult or somewhat difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class, while 45% said it makes it somewhat or strongly difficult.
Of those surveyed, 70 percent said religion is very important to their lives."
According to the survey methodology, poll takers were randomly selected using Random Digit Dialing (RDD) and wireless phone number sampling.
Of the respondents, 47.8 percent were male and 51.7 percent were female. The results state that 67.9 percent of respondents were white, 26.9 percent were black, and 5.1 percent identified as other.