State offices are closed today in observance of Confederate Memorial Day.
According to a three-state survey by Public Policy Polling, Georgia voters – by a slim margin – have come to approve of the way the Civil War turned out. North Carolinians are slightly less satisfied. But Mississippi – here we must invoke that famous Nina Simone tune.
The largest portion of Mississippi voters remain undecided when it comes to the outcome.
From PPP, an N.C. firm:
Except in Mississippi, most voters in these states are glad the Union won the “War Between the States” instead of the South. 53% say that in Georgia, 48% in North Carolina, and 34% in Mississippi. But still fewer in Mississippi (27%) would prefer that General Lee’s troops had prevailed; a 39% plurality are not sure. Similarly, only 21% in North Carolina and 23% in Georgia wish the South had won.
When hostilities broke out, Republicans were the party of Abraham Lincoln and unionism, and Democrats, by and large, were not. But things have changed, according to PPP:
In Georgia 47% of Republicans are content with the Union victory, while 31% wish the South had won. Democrats (58/17) and independents (54/19) are both strongly supportive of the North, making the overall numbers 53/23.
Educators interested in explaining one of the great flip-flops of American history can click here for more details.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider