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Support for Mississippi’s state flag falls below 50 percent, poll suggests—still higher than opposition

A recent poll reveals 49 percent of Mississippians oppose changing the state’s controversial flag while 41 percent support it. The poll, conducted by Chism Strategies, surveyed 500 Mississippians in September with a 4.4. percent margin of error. While respondents who support the state flag outnumber those who want to adopt a new one, it shows a shift in public opinion compared to the 2001 referendum in which 64 percent of voters said no to a new flag.

SHOULD MISSISSIPPI ADOPT A NEW STATE FLAG?

YES

NO

UNDECIDED

The voter survey is the first time on record support for keeping the state flag fell below 50 percent. However, the poll also suggests there are more state flag supporters (49 percent of those polled) than those who want to adopt a new flag (41 percent of those polled) with undecided voters making up 10 percent of respondents. Other key findings from the survey:

  • African-Americans strongly support adopting a new flag while 62 percent of white voters oppose it.
  • A majority of white voters under age 55 support a new flag.
  • There was an even split (41/41) regarding whether the state legislature should change the flag or whether it should be left to a statewide vote.

Read more about the survey.

Director of Content Development Magnolia State Live
Alex McDaniel is the director of content and audience development for Magnolia State Live. She’s also the editorial director at Oxford Newsmedia, where she oversees The Oxford Eagle, Oxford Magazine and special publications.
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Director of Content Development Magnolia State Live
Alex McDaniel is the director of content and audience development for Magnolia State Live. She’s also the editorial director at Oxford Newsmedia, where she oversees The Oxford Eagle, Oxford Magazine and special publications.

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