Winthrop Poll surveys removal of Confederate Flag from State House

Two-thirds of South Carolina residents surveyed in the latest Winthrop Poll through the S.C. Legislature voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds, according to Winthrop University.

The decision to remove the flag came after nine church members were shot and killed in the Charleston AME church.

The poll showed 54% of white respondents said it was the right decision to remove the flag and 93% of black residents supported the removal of the flag.

The University says nearly half of the overall respondents voted they disapproved of the flag before this summer. In a November 2014 Winthrop Poll one-third voted the flag should no longer continue to fly on State House grounds at the time.

Callers surveyed 963 South Carolina residents between September 20-27.

According to the Winthrop Poll, when residents were asked if the Confederate flag was more a symbol of racial conflict or of Souther pride, 40% of respondents said it stood for racial conflict and 47% said it stood for Southern pride.

Almost half of those who lean GOP said if it was left to their personal choice, they would let the flag continue to fly, according to the University.