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US poll: Americans find Confederate flag ‘more acceptable’ than rainbow gay pride flag

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  1. Yup – that’s religious brainwashing for y’all …

  2. Asking American school kids about anything other than Twitter can only result in embarrassment. I doubt if more than half of them could point to Canada if they were at the Niagara Falls with a big red maple leaf flag flying on the other side of the river.

    If you don’t believe me and you want a good laugh (or cry), watch this…

    Even more sad, I’m an American and they are my future. (…at age 55, I’m looking to be adopted by any family in any British Commonwealth, or just a job there would be nice).

    1. This was a poll of US citizens (most likely over 18) *about* American school kids, not a poll of American school kids. I suspect if you asked the kids themselves you’d get a very different response – in this case it’s your generation that has embarassed itself.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Nov 2013, 1:31pm

      Not any British Commonwealth country, Aryugaetu, certainly not in any where being gay isn’t legal or where gay people can be persecuted, harassed or prosecuted. England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, maybe Australia which has a way to go towards marriage equality.

  3. Living here in the states, I’d venture that their so-called “poll” that found that to be true was taken in the “heartland” and “deep south”. I highly doubt the Northeast/New England, the West Coast, or the “Rust Belt” would have had the same sentiments.

    1. That was one of my questions about the poll — what was the geographic distribution of the sample? Also, what was the proportion of urban to rural areas? And I’d like to point out that the percentages reported are pluralities, not majorities.

    2. Frank Boulton 16 Nov 2013, 7:57am

      Yes, it just goes to show that it’s always possible to take a poll to give whatever result you want. The day that same-sex marriage was tabled in New Zealand’s parliament, our favourite chat show conducted two polls on same-sex marriage. The first poll was of people randomly interviewed on the streets of Auckland’s most fundamentalist suburb and showed that about 2 out of 3 interviewees were in favour of gay marriage. The second poll was a telephone poll conducted during the programme (and, therefore, self-selected) and showed a huge majority against same-sex marriage.

  4. Tom Cotner 13 Nov 2013, 3:30pm

    I can assure you that those who did find the confederate flag more acceptable than the rainbow flag are, indeed people who are still living the confederacy, and who wish, more than anything else, to once again attempt to cecede from the US.
    These bigots are not the majority, yet, thankfully.

  5. another wasted poll obviously take’n by a bunch of people who think they’re being considerate by take’n the dishes outta the sink before they pee in it!

  6. Maryland Kid 13 Nov 2013, 10:38pm

    I’m not usually in the business of disputing polls, but I find it extremely difficult to believe that this survey did not have a major selective bias. Given the support exhibited nationally for enacting Marriage Equality, it simply isn’t logical that so few would consider wearing the rainbow gay pride flag to be acceptable. You would think that a person who believes that LGBT individuals should be permitted to marry would not be offended by the Pride flag. Furthermore, outside of rural parts of the South, displaying the Confederate flag is generally not looked well upon. Perhaps this survey was geographically limited and PinkNews accidentally misreported it as a nationwide poll?

    1. Maryland Kid 15 Nov 2013, 3:24pm

      Yeah, as I suspected, this was a poll of Conservative-identified Americans, which only make up about 30% of the General US population.

  7. @milehighjoe1 14 Nov 2013, 12:26am

    At first, this seems inexplicable and doesn’t comport with other polling which shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans support gay rights.

    Perhaps it’s because “gay” is associated with “sex” and the polling question was whether it was acceptable for kids to wear the rainbow flag shirt to school.

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