Valient Poll®: Only 33% of Americans Want Confederate Statues Removed

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.  — According to the latest Valient Poll® survey conducted by Valient Market Research®, only 33% of Americans want the removal of Confederate statues from public places.

The full-text of the survey question: Do you approve of the removal of Confederate statues from public places?

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Key Findings

  • Only 27% of women and 38% of men are for Confederate statue removal.
  • Just 28% of former Confederate U.S. State residents support statue removal.
  • College-educated Americans are almost equally split on this subject – 40% for removal and 38% against.
  • Majority of lower & higher income Americans do not support removal, while the middle class is conflicted.
  • 52% of African-Americans support removal compared to 30% for Whites/Caucasians.
  • 39% of Millennials support removal – highest of any American generation.
  • 52% of Democrats are for removal and 60% of Republicans are against statue removal.

Gender – More Men (38%) than Women (27%) Want Statue Removal

Overall, men (38%) prefer statue removal at a much higher proportion than women (27%).  Slightly more women (19%) are undecided than men (14%).

State of Current Residence – Former Union vs. Confederate States

The divide between North and South is clear on this issue when looking at the survey results at the U.S. State level.  Respondents living in former Union States (36%) prefer statue removal much higher compared to respondents living in former Confederate States (28%) and non-Civil War participating States (27%).

Education – College Educated American’s Opinions Almost Equally Split 

Americans with college degrees are almost equally split on this controversial topic.  40% prefer statue removal with 38% opposing this effort.  Americans with a high school degree and some college/university education are strongly opposed to statue removal (48%).

Ethnicity – Majority of African-Americans (52%) For Statue Removal

A 52% majority of African-Americans want these statues removed while just 30% of White/Caucasians and 37% of Hispanics-Latinos agree.  22% of African-Americans are not sure.

Age & Generation – 39% of Millennials, Only 26% of Baby Boomers Want Removal

Of all five American generations, Generation Y Millennials – Americans between the ages of 22 to 36 – have the strongest support for statue removal (39%) of any generation.  Just 26% of Baby Boomers and 25% of Silent Generation Americans want these statues removed. Overall, older American generations are more confident in their opinions on this topic compared to younger generations.

Political Affiliation –Majority of Democrats (52%) for Removal, Majority of Republicans (60%) Against Statue Removal

Democrats stand alone as the highest political party affiliation group with a majority of its members that support statue removal (52%).  Small percentages of Republicans (23%) and Independents (21%) share this opinion.


The August 2017 Valient Poll® is based on data from the Valient Poll® monthly online survey conducted monthly by Valient Market Research. A U.S. sample of 1,000 adults were interviewed in an online poll conducted on Friday, August 18, 2017. With a randomized sampling of 1,000 U.S. adults one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- three (3%) percentage points.

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