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Partisan Divide Emerges on Confederate Battle Flag

More Republicans support the Confederate Battle Flag in 2015 than in 1992

More Republicans support the Confederate Battle Flag in 2015 than in 1992

By Hunter Wallace

As we saw the other day, the latest polls show that the mainstream media’s attack on the Confederate Battle Flag has largely failed, with public opinion remaining essentially where it was at 15 years ago. There’s a new Gallup poll out which confirms the previous two surveys and shows that 54 percent of Americans see the Confederate Battle Flag as a symbol of Southern pride rather than racism.

That’s not the most interesting fact about this poll though. The Gallup poll shows that Republican support for the Confederate Battle Flag has risen from 75 percent in 1992 to 78 percent in 2015. In other words, there has been no sea change in Republican attitudes toward the Confederate Battle Flag, so the crusade against the flag stems from some other source than public opinion:

“A majority of Americans — 54 percent — still see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride rather than a symbol of racism, according to a new Gallup poll out Wednesday. But that share has declined, down from 59 percent in 2000 and 69 percent in 1992.

mong Democrats, the shift is most pronounced. In 1992, more than six in 10 (61 percent) responded that they saw the flag as a marker of pride, but in 2015, just 32 percent responded the same way.
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Republicans’ perspective on the flag as a symbol of Southern pride remains mostly unchanged. In 1992, 75 percent of Republicans told Gallup that it was a symbol of pride; in 2015, 78 percent responded similarly.”

Again, there is no mystery here.

We all know why the Confederate Battle Flag is suddenly under siege in Deep South states like Republican-controlled Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi. It is due exclusively to the pressure on Republican politicians from the CEOs in the Chamber of Commerce who have ardently desired for years to be rid of this historic banner:

“COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter here is rallying its membership in opposition to a proposal pending this week in the State House of Representatives to take the Confederate battle flag down from its perch on the Capitol grounds.

“Who knows what may happen in the House,” the group’s commander, T. Leland Summers, wrote in a four-paragraph plea to his members on Monday. He added: “We must light up the switchboard in the Senate chamber and House chamber to the point it blows up.”

By the lunch hour on Tuesday, following the Senate’s final vote on the measure, the president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Ted Pitts, had issued a statement of his own: “We now turn our eyes to the House and urge representatives to also address the issue in a timely fashion and pass a bill that removes the Confederate flag and its 15-year-old pole from the State House grounds.”

The Chamber of Commerce has also thrown its full support behind the cause of amnesty for illegal aliens. Stripping the South of its cultural heritage, which is “offensive” to several permanently aggrieved minority groups, is another important item on its agenda. Big business wants a generic flag that is as soulless and meaningless as the sprawling commercial landscape of the “New South.” Who would fight and die for the Republican Battle Flag or the McDonald’s in Fairburn, GA?