Poll: Pensacola voters split over whether Confederate statues are racist symbols

September 22, 2017

Panhandle Politico and the Political Matrix over the past four weeks have conducted a study of likely Pensacola voters with regards to the removal of the Confederate statue currently residing in Lee Square.

The poll revealed that two-thirds of the community do not agree with Mayor Ashton Hayward’s position that the “Our Confederate Dead” monument should be removed. Only 29.9 percent agreed, and the remaining 4.2 percent were undecided.

The surprise is the African-American community is split on whether Confederate statues are a sign of racism or a part of history–48 percent each and 4.2 undecided.

Among Democrat respondents, 50.8 percent favored the symbols as being historical while 45.8 percent stated they were a sign of racism; leaving 3.5 percent undecided.

Republicans overwhelmingly saw the Confederate statues as historical – 81.7 percent.

Overall, 69.7 percent of Pensacola voters favored the symbols as being historical while 26.6 percent stated they were a sign of racism; leaving 3.7 percent undecided.

This study was conducted via Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology. The numbers used were supplied by the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office. Only households who voted at least 4 out of the last 4 elections were called in this survey. The number were randomized upon implementation of the study and 402 completed studies were collected. The study consisted of five questions asked of the respondents. The margin of error of this study was +/- 4.5 percent.

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