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Poll: Majority of Americans support Confederate flag removal

August 5, 2015

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

The Pew Research Center conducted the poll the week after the flag that represented the pro-slavery southern states in the U.S. civil war was taken from the grounds of the state’s main government building to a history museum on July 10. The flag was removed after a white man, photographed with the Confederate flag, was charged in the killing of 9 black churchgoers in South Carolina in June.

The nonprofit center released its findings Wednesday.

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

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