A majority of Americans disapprove of renaming military bases named after key figures from the Confederacy, a new ABC-Ipsos poll released Friday shows.
The poll, conducted from June 17 to June 18 shows that 56 percent of Americans do not support renaming US Military bases, while only 42 percent approve.
African Americans were the most supportive demographic with 67 percent responding with approval. 54 percent of Hispanic Americans also support the move, in contrast to only 32 percent of white Americans.
The poll comes after The Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to a defense spending bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. The bill requires the Pentagon to change the name of some military bases and other Confederate-named sites within three years. The changes are detailed in a newly released summary. (RELATED: Confederate Monuments: The Reconciliation America Needs Right Now Is Not With Long-Dead Confederates)
It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a…
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The poll also found that an even higher margin of Americans – 73 percent – disapprove of government paid reparations given to black Americans. Only 14 percent of white Americans support such a move, compared to 74 percent of African Americans.
The ABC News-Ipsos poll surveyed 727 adults and has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.