Poll: Virginians about evenly divided on Confederate statues

Poll: Virginians about evenly divided on Confederate statues
Gov. Northam announces the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond will be removed

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows Virginians about evenly divided on whether Confederate statues throughout the state should be removed.

The poll by Hampton University and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 46% support the removal of Confederate statues and 42% oppose removal.

A similar divide emerged on the question of renaming schools and streets that honor Confederates.

The poll also found that a majority of Virginians support returning students to in-person learning with adjustments to accommodate the coronavirus pandemic.

Only 1 in 4 Virginians say they support full online learning.

As it stands now, about 80% of Virginia’s 1.3 million students are learning in a fully virtual environment.

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