Poll: 62 Percent of U.S. Adults Say Keep Confederate Statues

Marist survey finds most Americans agree with Trump, support keeping historical symbols in place

by Jim Stinson | Updated 17 Aug 2017 at 12:19 PM

A strong majority of Americans support keeping Confederate statues and monuments standing as historical symbols, a new poll by Marist College finds.

The poll found 62 percent of U.S. adults favor keeping the Confederate statues up, while only 27 percent do not.

For registered voters, the result is about the same: 62 percent support leaving the statues and monuments be, while 28 percent do not support keeping them standing.

The results are eye-opening, as mainstream media commentators and Democratic pundits — particularly those on CNN — have suggested it was unsavory and ill-advised for Trump to suggest, on Tuesday, that the statues and monuments should remain.

But the poll finds even Democrats are torn on the issue. The poll found 44 percent of Democrats favor letting the Confederate monuments be; 47 percent oppose them.

Republicans are more supportive of the statues and monuments: 86 percent want them left alone, and 6 percent want them to come down.

Independents are also very supportive of keeping the monuments and statues up as historical symbols: 61 percent want them kept up, while 27 percent do not.

President Donald Trump touched off a new firestorm on Tuesday when he said the Confederate monuments should not come down, and that some them were beautiful. Trump also outraged the Left and some on the Right when he said if statues start to come down, the Left will next target monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

The poll shows that despite the extreme outrage shown by Democrats, Never-Trump Republicans and pundits, the public does not think the Confederate statues and the monuments are an issue.

The Marist Poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday, and was conducted for National Public Radio and PBS. Pollsters talked to 1,125 people, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. The subgroup of registered voters consisted of 859 people and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.

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