Big majority of Utahns say Confederate monuments should not be taken down

Utahns are not interested in having mostly-Southern states remove their Civil War Confederate monuments, a recent poll finds.

Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that two-thirds (66 percent) of Utahns favor keeping Confederate States’ monuments on public display, while only 26 percent say they should be removed, and 8 percent didn’t have an opinion.

Majorities along the different demographic spectrums are against moving the monuments – many of whom actually weren’t put up until the 1920s – when anti-civil rights for African-Americans were being pushed by various racist groups.


Some of Jones’ numbers:

  • Young adults, aged 18-24, are split on moving the monuments, 41-41 percent.
  • But those aged 55-64 are against moving them, 75-22 percent.
  • Republicans oppose moving the monuments, 85-8 percent.
  • Political independents oppose moving them, 64-29 percent.
  • Democrats, however, want the monuments moved from public display, 65-25 percent.
  • “Very active” Mormons, whose ancestors were persecuted for their beliefs, say the monuments should stay, 74-17 percent.
  • While those who told Jones they have no religion are for moving the monuments, 60-36 percent.

Jones polled 608 adults from Aug. 30-Sept. 5. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.