A new CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans believe the Confederate flag shouldn’t fly over government property, but most do not see it as a racist symbol.
57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, while 33% believe it is more a symbol of racism and 5% believe it is a symbol for both equally. How Americans feel about the issue breaks down sharply along racial lines: 66% of whites believe the flag represents Southern pride, while 72% of blacks believe it represents racism.
54% of Americans support taking down Confederate flags on government property, while Americans are divided within the margin of error about whether companies should stop selling them. But large majorities oppose redesigning state flags that feature the symbol (57%), renaming streets and highways named after Confederate leaders (68%), and removing tributes to those who fought for the Confederacy (71%).
On a related note, 57% of Americans do not believe the Charleston shooting was a terrorist act (55% of blacks disagree), while huge majorities of all races believe it was a hate crime.
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