I have yet to find a single poll in four years of watching this trend where a majority does not want monuments to remain right where they are. And yet they keep coming down. Are governments listening to their constituents? It would seem not.
A majority of voters said they believe statues of Confederate figures should remain standing despite nationwide calls to remove them from public spaces, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Tuesday to The Hill.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents said the statues should remain, while 42 percent said they should be removed.
"Americans opposed tearing down statues, even Confederate ones, and they particularly oppose them being torn down by protesters rather than defended by the authorities," said Mark Penn, polling director for the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey. "The poll suggests that Americans see a huge amount of racism in the country and believe in police reform but so far oppose taking down any statues."