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Alabama
Alabama
Poll: Residents Split on Slavery Apology
(2007-05-21)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A statewide survey found Alabamians are equally divided about whether the Legislature should pass a resolution apologizing for slavery.

The survey by the University of South Alabama and Mobile Press-Register found 45 percent in favor of passing an apology and 44 percent against, with the remaining 11 percent unsure.

More than half of the whites polled - 56 percent - were opposed to an apology, while 84 percent of blacks were in favor.

More than half of those polled - 55 percent - expressed concern that an apology would open up the state to lawsuits by descendants of slaves for monetary damages.

Time is running out for the Legislature to consider a slavery apology. Selma Senator Hank Sanders and Birmingham Representative Mary Moore said last week they plan to merge their resolutions into one in hopes of getting it passed.

U-S-A and the Press-Register conducted a random telephone poll of 401 Alabama residents from May 14th-to-17th.

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