Utahns are not interested in having mostly-Southern states remove their Civil War Confederate monuments, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that two-thirds (66 percent) of Utahns favor keeping Confederate States’ monuments on public display, while only 26 percent say they should be removed, and 8 percent didn’t have an opinion.
Majorities along the different demographic spectrums are against moving the monuments – many of whom actually weren’t put up until the 1920s – when anti-civil rights for African-Americans were being pushed by various racist groups.
Some of Jones’ numbers:
- Young adults, aged 18-24, are split on moving the monuments, 41-41 percent.
- But those aged 55-64 are against moving them, 75-22 percent.
- Republicans oppose moving the monuments, 85-8 percent.
- Political independents oppose moving them, 64-29 percent.
- Democrats, however, want the monuments moved from public display, 65-25 percent.
- “Very active” Mormons, whose ancestors were persecuted for their beliefs, say the monuments should stay, 74-17 percent.
- While those who told Jones they have no religion are for moving the monuments, 60-36 percent.
Jones polled 608 adults from Aug. 30-Sept. 5. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.