Poll: Most Arizona voters want to keep Confederate monument

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A majority of Arizona voters want to keep the Confederate memorial at the state Capitol, according to a new poll released Thursday.  (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A majority of Arizona voters want to keep the Confederate memorial at the state Capitol, according to a new poll released Thursday.  (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Civil rights leaders in Arizona have tried for two years to persuade state leaders to move the monument off state grounds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Civil rights leaders in Arizona have tried for two years to persuade state leaders to move the monument off state grounds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A majority of Arizona voters want to keep the Confederate memorial at the state Capitol, according to a new poll released Thursday. 

Nearly 62 percent of registered voters said the monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza should stay put, while 32 percent want it removed. 

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The poll was conducted HighGround, a Republican leaning political firm, as pressure to get rid of Confederate markers on public property buildings across the country. 

Civil rights leaders in Arizona have tried for two years to persuade state leaders to move the monument off state grounds. 

[RELATED: Black leaders: Remove Confederate monuments from Arizona]

Gov. Doug Ducey has not said whether Confederate monuments on state land are appropriate. 

Arizona wasn't yet a state when the Civil War was fought, although there was one skirmish between the North and South in the southern part of state. 

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The Daughters of the Confederacy installed the monument at the Capitol in 1961, nearly 100 years after the war ended and during the peak of the civil rights movement in America. 

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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