NEW POLL: 62% of registered voters say Confederate statues should stay

(Credit: NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll)

KMOV.COM - A new poll suggests the majority of registered voters would like to see Confederate statues "remain as a historical symbol."

According to the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, 62% of voters want the statues to stay and 27% would like them to be "removed because they are offensive to some people." 11% of voters say they are "unsure."

The poll interviews were conducted August 14 and 15, only a few days after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one person dead and many injured.

Today, President Donald Trump tweeted his growing concern over the removal of Confederate Statues:

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....โ€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also...โ€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!โ€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Many Democrats and even some Republicans have voiced their disapproval of the president's tweets and his verbal response to the racially charged, violent protests in Charlottesville.

In a vigorous back-and-forth press interview, President Trump said there is blame to be had on both sides, suggesting not everyone that came to protest the removal of the confederate statue was a white supremacist.

With approximately 1,503 statues and symbols of the Confederacy, according to Southern Poverty Law Center, it's hard to fathom the controversy fading away anytime soon.

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