BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana State University survey finds that a majority of people in the state oppose taking down the Confederate monuments in New Orleans.


The survey, released Monday, asked residents statewide about a plan to remove the Confederate statues, including a towering figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee.


Seventy-three percent of respondents said they opposed removing the monuments. The poll found that 88 percent of white residents opposed removal, while 47 percent of black residents also opposed the plan.


A different recent poll of only New Orleans residents found about half are in favor of removal.


At the urging of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the City Council voted in December to remove the monuments.


The poll, which had a plus-or-minus 3 percent margin of error, was based on interviews conducted in February with 1,001 people.


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