Once again we witness the total disconnect between the political elite and the American people, as a new CNN poll just released shows what America really thinks about whether the Confederate Flag is a symbol of hate or a symbol of southern pride.

And once again by a sizable majority of 57% the American people believe that the Confederate Flag is a symbol of Southern pride, which almost mirrors a similar poll conducted by CNN in 2000, in which 59% gave the same positive response.

However when dealing with demographics such as location, race, and education, the views on the Confederate Flag obviously differ.

Among African-Americans, 72% see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism, while 75% of whites see it as a symbol of pride.

The divide also exists by education, among whites with a college degree 51% say it’s a symbol of pride, while 41% say racism, and those without a college education 71% say it’s a sign of Southern pride, while just 18% say it’s a sign of racism.

The poll was conducted by phone between June 26-28, and interviewed 1,017 adults with a sampling error of plus or minus 3% percent.

And although the American people have spoken, in actuality the issue of the Confederate flag is a tale of two Americas, in that African-Americans see the flag as a symbol of oppression and racism, while white America especially in the south view the flag as a symbol of Southern pride, and of heritage, and perhaps in between those extremes is where the Confederate flag should be viewed, as an iconic and historical symbol that helped define America.

See the full CNN poll results here.

h/t: MRCTV


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