A recent public policy poll has shown that a majority of US citizens believe it is “more acceptable” to publicly display the Confederate rebel flag, today commonly associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups, than it is to display the gay pride rainbow flag.

The Quinnipiac poll released last week asked three questions about teenagers wearing the Confederate flag and the gay pride rainbow flag to school.

It reported that while 43% of US citizens believed children should be allowed to wear Confederate flags while at school, only 28% believed the same for the rainbow gay pride flag.

Additionally, while 38% of those surveyed thought it was “more appropriate” to wear the Confederate flag to school, only 9% preferred the rainbow flag.

The Confederate flag was the flag of the rebelling Southern states of the United States during the Civil War. However, it has more recently come to be known as a symbol of American white supremacy.

In July, a county Monroe office came under heavy criticism for refusing to allow rainbow flags to be flown from its building during the city’s gay pride week.