Public Policy Polling released the results of a wide-ranging survey focused on the 2016 presidential race, and when they polled 629 self-identified Republican voters, they asked these questions, finding these results:
Gross, GOP. Glad to know the base is as racist and homophobic as ever. Again, to be clear (because some places have reported this as a sample of Americans, as the full results of the poll are a bit confusing), this is only among Republicans, and since the GOP is increasingly a regional party, we’re dealing with the Old South here.
But it’s illuminating to know, when analyzing what drives our politics, that at least a plurality of Republicans are just fine with a flag representing traitors to our nation, and definitely not okay with kids being allowed to express who they are.
Jonathan Capehart weighs in:
Folks, the Confederate flag is no better than a Swastika. It is a symbol of white supremacy, hate and oppression that has no place in American political discourse. That Kanye West wants to co-opt the rebel banner is as noble as it is futile. Meanwhile, the rainbow that is the gay pride flag symbolizes inclusion and acceptance. Oftentimes, usually in other countries, the words “pace” or “peace” can be found emblazoned on it. The rainbow flag is the very antithesis of the Confederate flag. That the latter is deemed more acceptable than the former is deplorable.