Public Policy Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition to Guns in Places of Worship, Continued Support for Background Checks

Americans, by 3-to-1 margin, oppose flying the Confederate flag over government buildings

Washington, D.C.A new Public Policy Polling poll commissioned for the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that most Americans view last week’s massacre at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, as a hate crime and support steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, as well as removing the Confederate flag from government buildings such as the South Carolina state capitol grounds. Only 7 percent of Americans think last week’s shooting was neither a hate crime nor a terrorist attack, even as some candidates and elected officials dance around these important, action-inducing distinctions.