Poll: 47% of America says it’s OK for states to display the Confederate flag

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     An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Americans are split on the question of states displaying the Confederate flag. Attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act are softening, but still a majority do not like the law. And we have some new data on how attached people are to their smartphones.

    On the question of whether states should display the Confederate flag, Americans are essentially split down the middle. This is not much different from 15 years ago.

    Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that reaffirmed the legality of the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing some signs that Americans’ attitudes towards the law are becoming less negative. However, still less than a majority of Americans say that they approve of it.

    Finally, new data show just how much smartphones are a part of daily life for the average American, the majority of whom look at their devices or use them several times an hour. Most Americans say they have their phones with them all the time during the day, and over six in 10 say they sleep with them nearby.

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