The sanctity of marriage, Mississippi style

A group called Public Policy Poling of Raleigh, N.C., took a poll of Republicans in Mississippi, asking about their presidential preference for the GOP nomination. It’s Haley Barbour’s state, so naturally, he led the poll, with Mike Huckabee coming in second.

But that’s irrelevant.

For some reason, they asked a question about the legality or illegality of a certain kind of marriage:

Do you think interracial marriage should be
legal or illegal?
Legal ……………………………………………………… 40%
Illegal …………………………………………………….. 46%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 14%

Public Policy Poling says:

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.

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.

Given the margin of error, half of Mississippi Republicans say interracial marriage should be illegal. That means they think if a black person marries a white person, that couple should go to jail. Wonder what the results would be if the question was asked of Republicans nationwide?

Anyway, you can imagine what they think of a certain president who was born to a mixed race couple around the time their miscegenation laws were in full force … once they’re done with their rants about his birth certificate, his religion and the country he was really born in.

Here’s a chart from NPR about the event made interracial marriage legal, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 Loving v. Virginia ruling (I’m sure if the poll asked, Mississippi Republicans would have said NPR should be illegal):

1 thought on “The sanctity of marriage, Mississippi style

  1. And maybe this has something to do with why same gender couples are reluctant to leave their civil rights to marriage to the vote of the electorate.

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