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Newspaper: Poll shows state split on flag

May 16, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- A newspaper survey shows Georgians divided over the issue of the state flag. Nearly half of those polled by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the Confederate emblem belongs on the ballot for a new state flag.

But the poll also indicated that 46% said legislators were right to delete the emblem from Governor Perdue's proposal for a statewide vote. Another six percent were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of 4.5%. A new state flag without the Confederate emblem was raised over the Capitol this month, following a redesign aimed at ending a dispute that inflamed race relations and roiled Georgia politics.

The statewide newspaper poll was based on telephone interviews with 501 likely voters conducted May seventh. The poll also indicated 34% would choose the 2001 flag, a blue banner that contained a small Confederate emblem. It was raised under former Governor Roy Barnes to replace the flag adopted in 1956, that was dominated by the Confederate emblem.

Georgia voters will chose between the new flag and the 2001 flag in a referendum next March.

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