The vast majority of Americans want the U.S. flag protected from acts of desecration, according to a new poll.
Image from video of Muslim group desecrating U.S. flag in street demonstration
Asked how important it is to make flag desecration against the law, 81 percent said it was somewhat to extremely important.
The survey of 1004 adults, conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation, also showed 75 percent of Americans want Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to protect the flag.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a flag-protection amendment this week.
Opponents of the amendment argue it would infringe on freedom of speech.
The results of poll, commissioned by the Citizen’s Flag Alliance, were similar to others conducted since a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturned five previous courts and made flag desecration legal.
“I’m delighted but not surprised that this poll again confirms what we already know,” said Thomas P. Cadmus, national commander of the American Legion. “When asked a straight forward question, most Americans will give you a straight answer: Protect Old Glory.”
Only 28 percent of those surveyed said they would be likely to vote for someone who is opposed to protecting the U.S. Flag.
“The people have spoken again loud and clear,” Cadmus said. “I urge members of Congress to heed the voices of the people and the call of all 50 state legislatures. Pass the flag protection amendment now.”
Opponents of an amendment also argue flag desecration is rare, but a recent incident was ignored by the mainstream media. As WorldNetDaily reported earlier this month, a group of American Muslims produced a video that shows its members on a New York City street corner declaring Islam’s dominance over America as they tread on a U.S. flag and then rip it apart.