Poll: Conservatives more offended by rainbow flag than Confederate flag

Public Policy Polling finds conservatives' relationship with the Confederacy remains ... complicated

Topics: LGBT, LGBTQ, Public Policy Polling, rainbow, Conservatives, confederate flag,

According to a report in the Huffington Post, a new poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling has found that conservative Americans are more offended by the LGBT pride rainbow flag than the Confederate flag.

The poll asked respondents — who were 42 percent “somewhat conservative” and 34 percent “very conservative” — two questions: 1. ”Do you think high school students should be allowed to wear confederate flags to school, or not?” and 2. ”Do you think high school students should be allowed to wear gay pride flags to school, or not?” The results were surprising.

A full 43 percent of respondents said high schoolers should be allowed to wear the Confederate flag to school, but only 28 percent said the same of the rainbow flag. The most startling result, however, was the 57 percent who said that high school students should be banned from wearing the rainbow flag to school.

In conclusion: For these conservative Americans, a symbol of equality is more offensive than the official flag of a traitorous regime founded on white supremacy and the enslavement of millions of people. Glad we got that cleared up.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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