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Hands off the Mississippi state flag, say a majority of Mississippians in Mason-Dixon poll

The Mississippi flag flies over the Governor's Mansion in Jackson. Gov. Phil Bryant opposes changing the flag.
The Mississippi flag flies over the Governor's Mansion in Jackson. Gov. Phil Bryant opposes changing the flag. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Most Mississippi voters don't want the state flag changed, according to a poll by Mason-Dixon Polling.

The poll of 625 registered voters reached by both land lines and cell phones found 55 percent opposed to changing the flag, 37 percent supporting a change and 8 percent undecided.

Among blacks, 77 percent want it changed while 71 percent of white voters want it to stay as it is. There also is a divide by political party with 63 percent of Democrats wanting change and 75 percent of Republicans opposing change. Half of independents oppose a change and 45 percent support change with another 5 percent undecided.

Among men, 61 percent oppose change and 34 percent support it. Among women, 50 percent oppose change and 39 percent support it.

Earlier this week, Ole Miss and the University of Southern Mississippi took the state flag down on their campuses.

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