- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2020

A plurality of voters in the U.S. say military bases named after Confederate leaders should be left as is, according to polling released this week.

Forty-eight percent of voters said they think bases bearing the names of Confederate leaders should not be renamed, while 33% said they should be changed, according to the Morning Consult poll.

About three-quarters of Republican voters said no changes should be made, while 54% of Democrats said the names should be changed.

The conversation has picked up steam amid the national debate over racism in the wake of the killing of George Floyd last month.

President Trump has said he won’t sign legislation that would rename the bases, though the Senate Armed Services Committee included language in a massive defense policy bill that would kick-start that process.

The survey of 1,987 registered voters was taken from June 12-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

In a reversal, though, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday revealed voters support removing Confederate statues from public areas.

Fifty-two percent to 44% of voters say they should be removed, a topic that has long been debated and sparked many riots across the country, including the rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 that turned violent over a statue of General Robert E. Lee.

The swing of support is major, as only 3% wanted the monuments removed in 2017 compared to 50% that said they should stay.

The Quinnipiac survey questioned 1,332 voters from June 11 through 15. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Alex Swoyer contributed to this report.

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