Poll: Virginians about evenly divided on Confederate statues

Poll: Virginians about evenly divided on Confederate statues
The statue of Robert E. Lee in Market Street Park in Charlottesville. (FILE) (Source: WVIR)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new poll shows Virginians about evenly divided on whether Confederate statues throughout the state should be removed.

The poll by Hampton University and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 46% support removal of Confederate statues and 42% oppose removal. A similar divide emerged on the question of renaming schools and streets that honor Confederates.

The poll also found that a majority of Virginians support returning students to in-person learning with adjustments to accommodate the coronavirus pandemic. Only 1 in 4 Virginians say they support full online learning.

As it stands now, about 80% of Virginia’s 1.3 million students are learning in a fully virtual environment.

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