Poll: Americans see Columbus as a more of a villain than a hero

A poll of more than 7,000 US adults finds that Americans narrowly view the European explorer as more of a villain (40%) than a hero (32%). Democrats (57%) and Independents (40%) are more likely than Republicans (11%) to view Columbus as a villain. Two-thirds (66%) of Republicans say he is more of a hero.

Americans aged 55 and older years old are the only age group that is more likely to see Columbus as a hero (46%) rather than as a villain (28%). Among those who are 54 and younger, more people see Columbus as a villain than not…

Additional data from YouGov Direct finds that 52% of Americans say that statues of Christopher Columbus should continue to be displayed. About one-third (34%) say they think statues depicting the explorer should not be on display.