According to the results of a new poll, the majority of high-ranking GOP politicians consider wearing the Confederate battle flag to school more acceptable than the rainbow flag.
The poll, which was conducted by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling via automated phone call, October 29-31, largely focused on comparing the most likely presidential candidates; the answers of 629 Republican primary voters were compared to 400 Democratic primary voters (who were not asked the questions about flags).
The results of the poll, released on November 5, show that 43 percent of respondents who identified as Republican said that wearing the Confederate flag was acceptable, while only 28 percent said the same of wearing the rainbow flag.
When asked, “Do you think it’s more appropriate for high school students to wear gay pride flags or confederate flags to school?” only 9 percent said the gay pride flags are more acceptable; 38 percent said Confederate flags are, and the majority, 52 percent, weren’t sure.
The poll also included a question on liberalism versus conservatism; of the Republican respondents, 24 percent self-identified as “liberal” or “very liberal,” 35 percent as “moderate,” and 41 percent as “conservative” or “very conservative.”
On Truth Wins Out, writer Evan Hurst noted, “Glad to know the base is as racist and homophobic as ever.”
He added, “to be clear (because some places have reported this as a sample of Americans, as the full results of the poll are a bit confusing), this is only among Republicans, and since the GOP is increasingly a regional party, we’re dealing with the Old South here.”
He continues: “But it’s illuminating to know, when analyzing what drives our politics, that at least a plurality of Republicans are just fine with a flag representing traitors to our nation, and definitely not okay with kids being allowed to express who they are.”
What is now called the Confederate flag was first used in 1861, though it was never an official flag of the Confederate States of America; it replaced the original “stars and bars” flag, due to too closely resembling the United States’ flag.
Displaying the Confederate flag is highly controversial; some still consider it a representation of the South and a memorial to those who died fighting in the “War Between the States,” while others see it as a symbol of racism, especially due to its history (up to the present day) of hate groups using it to intimidate minorities.