No Post-Racial America: Almost Half Of Mississippi Republicans Would Outlaw Interracial Marriage
Public Policy Polling posted the results of a 2012 presidential candidate poll on their blog today. As cynical as I can be, occasionally, this part still horrified me:
We asked voters on this poll whether they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal- 46% of Mississippi Republicans said it should be illegal to just 40% who think it should be legal. For the most part there aren’t any huge divides in how voters view the candidates or who they support for the nomination based on their attitudes about interracial marriage but there are a few exceptions …
I cannot fathom this. I’m sitting here trying to figure out how these pollsters made some embarrassing statistical mistake, but I’m sinking into belief.
When I meet a person from Mississippi who says he’s a Republican, he’s likely to oppose interracial marriage? A plurality of Mississippi Republicans, nearly a majority of these people, would outlaw it? If that’s true, then you folks are twisted stains on the national character. No wonder Mississippi ranks last in, well, almost everything.
When you poll these dinosaurs on favorability of presidential candidates (“How do you see this person? Favorably or unfavorably?”), these are the results:
Palin’s net favorability with folks who think interracial marriage should be illegal (+55 at 74/19) is 17 points higher than it is with folks who think interracial marriage should be legal (+38 at 64/26.) Meanwhile Romney’s favorability numbers see the opposite trend. He’s at +23 (53/30) with voters who think interracial marriage should be legal but 19 points worse at +4 (44/40) with those who think it should be illegal. Tells you something about the kinds of folks who like each of those candidates.
Palin scores HUGE with racists. Stop the presses!
Wait, some more! Good Ol’ Virginia Boy George ‘Macaca’ Allen Demands Answer From Reporter ..
“What position did you play?”
Craig Melvin, who is Black, finally answered via Twitter:
“I did not a play a sport.”
A racist poll respondent also e-mailed PPP about her answer:
“I believe God made us a different color for a reason and should be honored by not marrying outside of the race that God picked for me, however the color of one’s skin does not make him/her better than another color.”
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