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Poll: Majority of Americans support Confederate flag removal

Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 11:37 AM EDT
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By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A national survey shows 57 percent of Americans support South Carolina's decision to remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds while 34 percent are opposed.

The Pew Research Center conducted the poll the week after the ceremony on July 10 when an honor guard lowered the battle flag and it was delivered to a museum. The nonprofit center released its findings Wednesday.

The study also found 52 percent of Hispanics, 56 percent of whites and 76 percent of blacks support the removal.

However, the survey found partisan divides: 74 percent of Democrats said the move was the right decision; Republicans were divided with 43 percent backing it and 49 percent saying they were opposed. Among independents, 53 percent supported the decision while 37 percent remain opposed.

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