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Poll: Many Associate Pride with Confederate Flag

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Public opinion on the Confederate flag remains similar to where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride.

The results are the latest sentiments of the American people gathered via a new CNN/ORC poll.

According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as one of racism, roughly the same as in 2000 when 59 percent shared the same sentiment. Opinions of the flag are sharply divided by race. Among whites, views are split by education.

Among Blacks, 72 percent of respondents view the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism, compared to just 25 percent of whites. In the South, the racial divide is even more apparent. Seventy-five percent of whites describe the flag as a symbol of pride in the South, compared to just 18 percent of whites viewing the flag as a symbol of racism. Those figures are drastically different among Blacks, with 75 percent of Southerners viewing the flag as a symbol of racism. Eleven percent of Blacks in the South view it as a symbol of pride.

Among whites, those with more formal education are less inclined to see the flag as a symbol of pride. Fifty-one percent of whites with a college degree say it’s a symbol of pride. Forty-one percent say the flag symbolizes racism. Among whites who do not have a degree, 73 percent view it as a symbol of pride compared to 18 percent who see the flag as racist.

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted June 26-28 among a random national sample of 1,017 adults. The margin sampling error for all adults is +/-3 percentage points.