While condemnation of Donald Trump’s equivalency of white nationalists and their opponents has been widespread, the public seems to be more divided on the underlying issue of what to do with monuments to the Confederacy. The removal of Confederate monuments across the country has split public opinion with more Americans supporting their preservation than removal. In a national poll conducted online by Lucid among 552 individuals between August 18, 2017 and August 20, 2017 we found that 47% of Americans want the monuments to be preserved. Disaggregating by party affiliation, 53% Republicans want the monuments to stay, while 54% Democrats want them to go.
How do you feel about the recent removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville and other cities in the US?
Further analysis showed that opposers of monument removal feel that these monuments represent important Confederate history, while supporters believe that these monuments are a symbol of racism.
Responses of those who oppose the removal of statues
Responses of those who support the removal of statues
Responses by age
Breaking down our findings further by region, the largest variation can be seen in the Northeast, where twice as many Americans want the monuments to be removed than preserved. The Midwest has the largest support for the preservation of monuments. It should also be noted that a significant proportion of Americans across all age groups and regions are uncertain about what to do with the monuments — this in itself is concerning for the cultural and political psyche of the country.
Responses by region
All final data was weighted by region, age, gender, and ethnicity. At 95% confidence interval, the margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. Crosstab of the results will be released soon and currently available on request. To understand our methodology further, read our election postmortem.