A new Winthrop University poll provides some fascinating insights on current attitudes toward race relations in the South, and the news isn’t so good for political-correctness.
While a vast majority of poll respondents believe that all races should be treated equally (98 percent) and that America should preserve its multi-cultural heritage (92 percent), over two thirds of both black and white Americans either strongly agree or agree that “political-correctness” threatens the liberty of Americans to speak their minds.
As to its effects, the races seem to diverge in opinion. Almost half of white Southerners, 46 percent, believe that “white people are currently under attack in this country,” compared to 81 percent of blacks who believe that “racial minorities are currently under attack.”
When asked if American should “protect and preserve its White European heritage,” 31 percent of Southern whites and almost one-fourth of Southern blacks either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.
Winthrop also polled the hot-button issue of Confederate monuments, finding 40 percent of respondents believing that they should remain as is, and another quarter saying “leave them, but add a plaque or marker for context and historical interpretation.” Three-fourths of whites answered in the affirmative, compared to less than one-third of blacks agreed.
Half of black respondents believe the statues should be moved to a museum, and a fourth believe they should be completely removed.
As to the “most important problem facing the United States of America today,” “racism” led a host of other issues, but only 5.1 percent of whites and 16.7 percent of blacks believed so compared to other choices like the economy, immigration, healthcare, and even President Trump.
The poll was released on November 8, was conducted October 22 through November 5, and included 830 respondents with a 3.4 percentage margin of error.
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