Early last week, we posted a poll on Richmond.com asking people “Should Richmond remove its Confederate monuments?”
Given the recent discussion about removing Confederate statues and renaming public spaces in New Orleans and Charlottesville, we knew the subject was top of mind among our readers.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, more than 154,000 votes had been cast — 68,376 yes votes, 84,929 no votes and 1,328 saying they need more info.
A few notes: Ours was not a scientific poll. People clever enough to clear the cookies on their browser can vote multiple times. But it did show the intense interest in the topic.
Also, the poll generated interest well beyond the Richmond region.
A significant portion of the traffic came from Facebook, as several groups and organization urged their Facebook followers to vote in the poll. Here's a sampling of some of the Facebook pages that shared our poll, and the number of likes their pages have:
- Occupy Wall St (843,655 likes)
- Ben Carson (not his official page) (561,377 likes)
- Rebel Country (268,341 likes)
- Confederate (191,792 likes)
- Solidarity: a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization (187,663)
- Confederate States of America (172,116 likes)
- The Gettysburg Museum of History (134,053 likes)
- United American Infidels Against Tyranny (125,007 likes)
- Defending the Heritage (84,283 likes)
- Sons of Confederate Veterans (74,108 likes)
- American Civil War Museum (34,608 likes)
- Bacon, Books, & Bullets (6,569 likes)