The researchers questioned 2,002 Americans from July 14 until July 20. They were not only asked about their thoughts on the Confederate Flag, but they were also asked about their thoughts on racial progress and racism. South Carolina made the decision to remove the Confederate Flag after nine people were killed at a church in Charleston. The church is historically-black.
Dylan Roof, who was the shooter, had posted pictures on himself online holding the Confederate Flag. He also expressed White Supremacist views. Seventy-six percent of African Americans supported removing the Confederate Flag. Fifty-two percent of Hispanics supported removing the Confederate Flag. Additionally, fifty-six percent of whites believe that the Confederate Flag should have been removed.
Thirty-six percent of people stated that flag symbolized hatred and racism. Twenty percent stated that the flag was divisive and offensive. Twenty-seven percent of people stated that they believe that the flag is misunderstood.