Poll: Nearly half of white Southerners feel like they’re under attack

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Nearly half of white American poll respondents living in the South feel like they’re under attack, a new Winthrop University poll found.

Forty-six percent of white Southerners polled said they agree or strongly agree that white people are under attack in the U.S. More than three-fourths of black respondents said they believe racial minorities are under attack.

{mosads}And 30 percent of all respondents in the poll agreed when asked if America needs to protect and preserve its white European heritage. More than half of respondents disagreed with the statement.

Forty percent of respondents said they believed that Confederate statues should remain as is, while nearly a quarter said a plaque should be added to contextualize the statue.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents said the statues should be moved to a museum. Nearly half of black respondents said the statues should be in museums, and a quarter said they should be completely removed.

Southerners overall said that racism is the most important issue facing the U.S., and black respondents were twice as likely to say it is the most important issue.

The poll, released on Nov. 8, was covered in local media when it was first released.

Winthrop conducted phone interviews with 830 residents in 11 Southern states from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. The poll has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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