According to a new national poll conducted in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, approximately 60 percent of respondents think Confederate monuments should remain in public spaces. Only 26 percent agreed they should all be removed, but 82 percent agreed that all races are equal.
However, after reviewing the results of the recent Reuters/Ipsos poll that the Center for Politics helped to conduct, the center determined there are “troubling levels of support for certain racially charged ideas and attitudes frequently expressed” by extremist groups similar to those which came to Charlottesville last month for the Unite the Right rally, a center news release said.
“We worked with Reuters/Ipsos to develop questions and then to interpret the results, leading to some of the conclusions we reached in the release,” said Kyle Kondik, a Center for Politics spokesman and managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Kondik said the center was invited to collaborate on the project following the Aug. 11 and 12 white nationalist events held at UVa and in downtown Charlottesville, respectively.