Sixty-one percent of Mississippi’s Republican voters want the state’s flag left alone, an automated telephone poll of 995 “likely” GOP voters shows.
The poll conducted Monday by Magellan Strategies BR for the right-leaning political website Y’allPolitics said 609 of respondents oppose removing the Confederate battle flag from the state’s flag design. Another 198 survey respondents wanted a new design.
White voters made up a huge number of the GOP voters polled. The poll included 909 people identified as white and 51 black, five Hispanic and 19 “other” racial origins.
Legislators appear ready to return the question of the state flag’s design to voters in the near future, having declined so far to act in the 2016 session on various proposals seeking a change. Voters in 2001 overwhelmingly supported keeping the Confederate emblem in a referendum.
The strongest support for the current flag design came from GOP voters 65 and over, with 414 wanting the flag left alone. Only 50 voters between ages 18 to 34 support keeping the flag, the poll found. From that grouping, support increased with age, with 99 voters 35 to 44 backing the design, and 176 voters ages 45 to 54 doing likewise. A total of 256 voters ages 55 to 64 want to keep the flag as is, according to the poll.
Support among GOP voters for changing the flag also is strongest among voters 65 and over, making up 85 of the 198 supporters of a new flag design.
The Magellan polling also addressed raising gasoline taxes to help pay for upkeep of the state’s highways and bridges. The survey of likely Republican voters found 43 percent, or 432 respondents, support higher gas taxes for better roads and bridges; 37 percent disapproved. Twenty percent of respondents were undecided, Magellan said.
On the Democratic side, the survey of 475 people found 42 percent support for increased gasoline taxes and opposition of 26 percent. Magellan said 33 percent of Democrats are undecided.
In a Magellan finding that sheds light on the overwhelming anti-establishment vote for Donald Trump in Mississippi’s GOP presidential primary, 65 percent of the state’s of the 995 likely Republican voters disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Only 15 percent, or 148 respondents, approved of Congress’ performance.
Twenty percent, or 202 voters, had no opinion.
Mississippi’s leaders also received failing grades in the Magellan poll. The survey reported 597 respondents, or 60 percent, said the state is on the wrong track while 398 believe Mississippi is headed in the right direction.
The survey found even fewer Mississippi Republicans believe the nation is headed in the right direction, with 89 percent saying they think the country is on the wrong track.
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Crosstabs for the poll can be found here.