A new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of South Carolinians say the legislature made the right decision when they voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds earlier this year.
A Winthrop University poll of more than 960 South Carolinians found that 66 percent said they believed removing the flag was the “right” decision, while 30 percent thought it was the “wrong” one. Only 4 percent of respondents did not have an opinion.
Only a small majority of Republicans supported the move, however, with just over 50 percent saying it was the right call to 45 person against the idea. Democrats overwhelmingly favored removal 83 percent to 12 percent. The disparity was even more evident in racial terms, with 53 percent of white respondents supporting the move to 93 percent of black respondents.
But poll director Scott Huffmon said the views were more complicated than simply supporting or opposing the flag. “In general, most people thought that the legislature did the correct thing,” he said. “But, there were still some people who said, ‘Listen, if I had my personal opinion, my druthers, I’d rather see it continuing to fly.'”