6 in 10 South Carolinians have said the Confederate flag should stay

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In a 2014 Winthrop University poll, six of 10 South Carolinians said they supported the Confederate flag flying on statehouse grounds. The Washington Post re-upped this figure Monday in light of calls for the flag's removal tied to last week's deadly shooting at a historically black Charleston church.

Just 27.3 percent of black people surveyed felt the flag should fly on the grounds, compared with 73.2 percent of white respondents.

A state legislator plans to introduce a bill later this year proposing the flag be taken down. A two-thirds majority in each chamber would have to approve the measure, a high bar to clear given public support for the flag.

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