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Anonymous

@Anon from Berkeley: Im in an interracial marriage and got married at a Methodist church in Berkeley. Im not going to explain to you why my marriage deserves to be legal and why my children are legitimate. Its a terribly difficult-to-explain Big Secret.And its such a damn shame that you were brought up in such a gorgeous place, rich with ideas, and youre having trouble figuring this out.

Dustin Ingalls

Anon @ 5:25: Youre reading the crosstab backwards. Of those who think interracial marriage should be legal, 87% approve of Barbours job performance, etc. You read down, not across.This is what disturbs me. You obviously knew exactly what you were doing when you conducted this poll. You probably called people in extremely rural parts of the state to try to find the most ignorant people you could.What about the statement in our release you quoted led you to those conclusions? We poll random samples of registered voters, which means theyre distributed proportionately across the state.

Anonymous

Maybe interracial is a hard word to understand. Did earlier polls use that word or a different term like between different races?

Anonymous

I cannot believe anyone is surprised by this. When the GOP keeps saying they want to take the country back, what did you think they meant? This is part of it. Racism has always been rampant in this country, not just the south, but now it is acceptable in many circles because minorities have come to mean Muslim, Mexican illegals and Black. They are lumped together as teat sucking/terrorists on a regular basis. Look at any youtube video or news story that allows comments on anything regarding race and you will see hundreds and thousands of racist comments because they are anonymous. The worst part about this is that we had reached a point prior to 2000 when people did not see minorities as such bogeymen. In 2000 Alabama voted to make interracial marriages legal (yes it was still on the books as being illegal). I dont know if it was 9/11 or the the bad economy or what that created this down hill slide, but it is there for sure and the fact that the net offers an anonymous outlet for it feeds it. 20 years ago even if you were racist-you kept it to yourself. Not anymore.

Anonymous

Stay classy, GOP.

Anonymous

Small government(unless we need to outlaw something I hate like gay marriage or abortion or interracial marriage)!

Anonymous

These are the type of people who have no place in politics.

Anonymous

@anonymous april 7 at 9:23... The question is asked to bring the conversation to the full front. We need to ask these questions because if we dont racial inequity is constantly perpetuated! You should ask people wether or not they think Black people are inferior.. Clearly some work needs to be done.

Anonymous

I could care less what a bunch of ignorant, repugnant White bigots think about interracial marriage.

Berkeleyan

Why shouldnt it be illegal? Seriously. Im not from the South. In fact, Im from Berkeley, California. I grew up with multiculturalism. You know what? Im not convinced. So convince me: why not make it illegal?

Anonymous

So some people think differently than you. Who cares? Its their right, after all. The great thing about America is having the freedom to express yourself. Once we try to limit the freedom of those we disagree with, then we ALL lose.

Anonymous

you guys need to publish the Dem interracial marriage numbers ASAP so we can judge if this is a Mississippi problem or a Mississippi Republican problem.Without that information, those numbers are almost useless and i would certainly like to be able to use them to hammer some right wingers so lets hop to it, yo.

Anonymous

In more surprising results, opposition to same-sex, interracial marriage among Mississippi Republicans totaled only 13%, with blank stare coming in at 37% and a full 50% passing out.

Anonymous

I was born in Mississippi and spent most of my life there. This is a completely and totally inaccurate picture of the state that I know. Are there ignorant people there? Of course, but there are ignorant people everywhere.PPP surveyed 400 usual Mississippi Republican primary voters from March 24th to 27th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.9%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.This is what disturbs me. You obviously knew exactly what you were doing when you conducted this poll. You probably called people in extremely rural parts of the state to try to find the most ignorant people you could. I could no doubt call rural areas of New York, California or Illinois and get largely the same results. People like to scapegoat Mississippi because it takes eyes away from their own problems. When was the last time you saw a race riot in Mississippi? Ok, now when was the last time you saw one in LA? Or Cincinnati? Our problems are no worse than yours, so you might want to look in a mirror while youre looking down your noses.

Anchorage Activist

What I dont understand is what prompted PPP to ask this question in the first place. I cannot recall this question being asked on any other PPP poll, and certainly on none of the Alaska polls previously run. Would PPP have asked this question if the poll had been conducted in a state outside the South?

Anonymous

It is perfectly legitimate that blacks in the south are overwhelmingly opposed to interracial marriage. But good gawd, dont let white parents who want their grandkids to look like them have an opinion in opposition to what the bloshevik left believe in. Hey progressives liberals, your grandparents were so much cooler, smarter, tougher and successful than you will ever be.Guilty White Liberal trash.

Russell Taylor

May the party that harbors such bigots forever reap the whirlwind. Today, that party is the Republicans. Behold the misbegotten fruit of the Southern Strategy: a party of liberty become a party of hate!

Anonymous

What I dont get is this... Looking at the numbers, apparently Barbour has an 85% approval rating.Of the people that approve of him:Believe Interracial Marriage should be legal: 87%Believe Interracial Marriage should be illegal: 79%Unsure: 96%What the hell?

Pull Up A Chair

The findings are a little bit surprising since this is, after all, 2011 and not 1965. But I am not horribly shocked by the results. First, the white population in Mississippi is primarily Republican. They are still racist for the most part. Its shrouded in things like I cant be a racist, I have a black friend!!! But believe me, behind closed doors, the N word is flying like fireworks at a 4th of July picnic. How do I know this? Ive served plenty of time in The South. To the idiot, yes, IDIOT, who thinks that the people polled really thought they were being asked about gay marriage... WHY? Does gay marriage somehow sound just like interracial marriage? Besides, if you ask 100 Mississippians, black or white about gay marriage, I guarantee you, the number against it would be more like 80%. (maybe even higher) Nice try but get real.

Anonymous

How many voters were polled? And how was the poll conducted? I think if you poll ten people from backwoods mississippi and ask them a ridiculous question, youre going to get a ridiculous answer. Im a democrat and think that these statements and polls are absurd. Inter-racial marriages will never be banned, it will never be a question. I personally know many black, hispanic, etc republicans, and interracial republican couples. I think we need to stop grabbing at straws to get the shock factor.

Anonymous

I have to think that number is so high in part because Im sure some people thought you were asking about gay marriage. My. God.People are idiots.

Robert Johnson

So wait, this is bestiality? I would think such marriages would be null. Mississippi is weird.

Anonymous

Gotta love the South, er, GOP primary voter base!

Chad Stanton

What made yall think of the interracial marriage question? I wouldnt have even thought to ask that. Im a young black dude living in Texas and even Im surprised by the answer you got. Damn thats a revealing question.

Anonymous

Wow- just wow, that many people think interracial marriage should be illegal. Thank god I dont live in that sh%thole of a state.

Anonymous

I have to think that number is so high in part because Im sure some people thought you were asking about gay marriage.--the word gay and interracial dont even sound similar in the slightest. dont be stupid.

Dustin Ingalls

I have to think that number is so high in part because Im sure some people thought you were asking about gay marriage.Youre kidding, right? If theyd thought that (dont know how interracial sounds like gay anyway), that 40% would be more like 4%.UNETHICAL POLLING. This is a cynical poll conducted by a Democratic polling organization to smear the Republican Party.Wrong. As I said above, we asked this question of everyone.Democratic operatives will use this poll to frame a racial narrative to the upcoming election and scare minority voters and urban educated voters away from the GOP.I dont think minorities could possibly vote any less for the GOP than they already do.

michael santomauro

Editorial comment from the desk of Michael Santomauro: this is a sad commentary in the year 2011 (or any decade in the past) that folks would want to make illegal inter-racial marriage. What happened to freedom of association? Excerpt: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 arent 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.More:http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2011/04/barbour-bryant-lead-in-mississippi.htmlPeace.Michael Santomauro @ 917-974-6367 What sort of TRUTH is it that crushes the freedom to seek the truth?

Anonymous

UNETHICAL POLLING. This is a cynical poll conducted by a Democratic polling organization to smear the Republican Party. PPP asked this poll with motive and knowing the response they would get. Democratic operatives will use this poll to frame a racial narrative to the upcoming election and scare minority voters and urban educated voters away from the GOP. Its pure cynical politics.

Anonymous

I have to think that number is so high in part because Im sure some people thought you were asking about gay marriage. Why would any political pollster asking about Presidential candidates bring up the legality of interracial marriage? Thats not a pertinent issue at all these days. Gay marriage quite obviously issue a huge issue in politics right now.

Anonymous

Birtherism explained.

Dustin Ingalls

BTW, we did ask this interracial marriage question of everyone, not just Republicans, but well be releasing the full results on that at a later date.

Dustin Ingalls

How many people were polled for this??Click on the link to the full results to find out.

Anonymous

You mentioned Rick Perry was at 9% in Texas. It is worth pointing out that Ron Paul pulled 10% in his home state in the same poll.

von

How many people were polled for this??

Anonymous

Zack,The poll covered the legality of marriage, not dating. I could not immediately find data via Google that was specific to Mississippi or to Democrats, but regional data for the South (Altman & Klinker*) indicates that, even ten years ago, 86% of whites and 98% of non-whites supported legal interracial marriage. If thats representative of MS, too, and only 40% of MS Pubicans support it, ISTM the percentage of Dem supporters probably approaches 85-90%. Which makes it uninformative to poll it.Whats your point?*http://maltman.hmdc.harvard.edu/papers/MeasuringRacialDiffs.pdf

I Am Iron Man

Unbelievable that 46% of Mississippi Republicans believe that interracial marriage should be *illegal.* That is just beyond disturbing to me. These kind of people make me sick.Republicans. Gross.

Anonymous

Perhaps Broadwater needs Borat to come back to the state and go door to door telling voters about his, um, attributes.LOL, best line ever, Tom.

Dale Peterson

Your modern GOP. Scary.

Anonymous

what percentage are in favor of interracial facials?

Joe Helfrich

Some things should just NOT be asked.Because youd rather not know that some of the people who have a voice in deciding who runs the government are small minded bigoted schmucks? If these people would just catch up with the latter half of the 20th century (Im not even going to optimistic enough to ask for the 21st) we could stop asking these questions. Until then, I want to know what parts of the country are stuck in the 1800s.

Rosie Q

Its a question that shouldnt HAVE to be asked. But clearly, there is a need to expose the truth about these so called small government hypocrites.

Anonymous

Kudos to whoever suggested the interracial question. Looks like for Mississippi the Willis are ahead of their time nearly 40 years later.

Zack

I have an interesting question. What is the breakdown for MS democrats for interracial dating

Anonymous

OMG. What are you going to ask next? Whether black people are inferior or not?!?!?! This is awful. Some things should just NOT be asked.

researchrants

The paragraph breaking down candidate support by interracial marriage opinion really needs to be THE headline of the day, even ahead of the pretty stunning overall 46/40 split. (Also, 14% arent sure? Jesus.)

Tanstaafl

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McClarinJ

How on Earth did all those Democrats wind up in the Republican Party?

Anonymous

What encouraging results on the interracial marriage question. Some people apparently HAVE survived five decades of liberal brainwashing.David Duke for President 2012.

Anonymous

What is the breakdown of the marriage question by race?

Alex

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

frharry

but regional data for the South (Altman & Klinker*) indicates that, even ten years ago, 86% of whites and 98% of non-whites supported legal interracial marriage. If thats representative of MS, too,Pretty poor social science. Sounds a bit like desperation.

rufus mcbufus

Hello, could I please have the names of the respondents calling for illegal? I plan to gun them down in cold blood...because thats the right thing to do. Deep in all your hearts, you know Im right.-rufus

Dustin Ingalls

Wow. You surveyed a whole 88 people? Gosh. What an effort! What invalid results!Where did you get that number? It was 400.

Anonymous

ddnt know some americans are still back to this extent.get a prophet down there to civillize them.

Anonymous

Numbers 12:1 – 12:13

Berkeleyan

18-29: 54% illegal; 31% legalThe under 30s are the disturbing finding.Guess what: until we start a frank and open talk about the insane rate of black on white crime youre just not going to find young people accepting your point of view, in Mississippi or anywhere else. Youre going to have people from places such as Berkeley question things you thought you had nailed down -- because its time to have a debate that goes beyond shame, built, and mendacity and the only way to make people drop the lazy minded nonsense theyve been spouting is to say something shocking enough to stop them in their tracks... Discuss it openly, or expect numbers like this.

Anonymous

The missing point here, folks, is that when it comes to Divide & Conquer - if you think that maybe thats not happening here, you never asked how two airplanes can knock down three buildings; you should not waste your time (and others) dilly-dallying with political issues - there IS indeed DIVIDING going on!

Berkeleyan

APRIL 7, 2011 11:41 PM - After having been pelted in the head with a rock, had relatives raped, neighbors killed, siblings beaten, and pregnant relations chased down the street... tell me why I shouldnt start to think critically? Why shouldnt I ask for a little distance? I dont come from a community with a record of generating most of the citys raping, stealing, and murdering. Those are stats, by the way, not assertions. Dont I have a right to start asking hard questions?

Anonymous

I dont understand the point of your poll?Is there one or more candidates from the GOP openly against interracial marriage and campaigning on it?Lets imagine were in Europe and a poll was done concerning multiculturalism and most people or a large number of people dont support it. Is the point of the poll to inform politicians that its time to end multiculturalism?Is the point of the poll to make multiculturalism a point of debate in politics?Is the point of the poll just to call them bigots?What is your point for this poll question regarding interracial marriage? You cant separate the antecedent from the result. You had a motive for asking this question (I could only ever guess what it was).Are you trying to build support to end interracial marriage, or is interracial marriage under attack from republican candidates in Miss., or are you just looking to call Republicans racists?Maybe some ethics are in order...

Anonymous

@Dustin Ingalls,I have to question your methods and tactics on this poll and your release of findings. I will start by stating I was intrigued by your idea to ask about interracial marriage. I didnt know that it was a 45 year old Mississippi law making interracial marriage legal. In addition, I must agree with you that the concept of interracial and gay marriage can be confused, is near impossible. But I believe that is where we differ.1) You stated earlier, BTW, we did ask this interracial marriage question of everyone, not just Republicans, but well be releasing the full results on that at a later date. When is this later date? An inspection of your website (http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/surveys.asp) shows that you have published at least a dozen Republican polls since March 1 and only one Democratic poll during that time. I have to question your sincerity that you will actually publish the Democratic party members content at a later time. This leads me to my second point.2) Why publish opposing political party poll results, that were conducted at the same time, at seperate times? Wouldnt a better comparison of registered party voters in the state of Mississippi be achieved when both party poll results are presented at the same time? This is where I question you will actually publish the results of the Democratic party poll results based on the precedent on your website.3) Should pollsters, like yourself, editorialize in presenting their findings? You have stated, I dont think minorities could possibly vote any less for the GOP than they already do. and I cant decide if this is parody or true ignorance. and If they dont (know what interracial means), well, that doesnt speak any more highly of them than the results do. When you wise-crack, belittle, or otherwise make fun of the subjects of your poll or those of us who comment, I believe it erodes your credibility as an unbiased journalist. So, in the future I would suggest keeping your personal commentary unprejudiced unless you want to be considered to have an agenda. Just food for thought. Thanks, Matt

Michael

Think about it, the republicans claim to be about small government, but here they are trying to have the government tell you who you can and cannot marry. Who cares man, its not going to happen, the effin president is from an interracial marriage. These people can kiss my arse.

Anonymous

This question is specifically meant to cast Southern whites in a horrible light.Doesnt take much to do that. Ive spent time living in the South. Its not America. We should disown the whole region.

Anonymous

Just when I was thinking about kissing every white man I came across, especially if he was a Republican. WHO IS SURPRISED????If only they could just go out to the slave quarters and do whatever they wanted without reprisal, all would be well with the world--- We did not come of our own acord, but were forced to build this country as slave laborers and despite all we have gone through, we have endured AND ARE HERE TO STAY---Yours in the Continued Struggle-

Mark

Wow. You surveyed a whole 88 people? Gosh. What an effort! What invalid results!

Anonymous

Interracial marriage should be kept legal for a little while longer, we need to get rid of some more of the white trash out there.Make it illegal in a short while.The MantraEverybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to assimilate, i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize Im not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldnt object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

Dustin Ingalls

I wouldnt put much stock in the age crosstabs. Theres a 14.1% margin of error on the 18-29 subsample, for example.Several years ago, while in college, I took a course in Genetics. I learned that a couple cannot, under any circumstances, have a white baby if the parents are from different races. This includes Asian and African mixed marriages. If you love your white heritage, as I do, this is a no-brainer.I cant decide if this is parody or true ignorance.

Monte

@Berkleyan: Interracial marriage is protected by law because our Constitution would prohibit denial of access to legal contracts (including marriage) based solely on race.

Brian Martin

You should have pointed out the gender and age gaps. Men: 52% illegal; 36% legalWomen: 39% illegal; 45% legalOlder than 65: 56% illegal; 30% legal46-65: 39% illegal; 49% legal30-45: 38% illegal; 48% legal18-29: 54% illegal; 31% legalThe under 30s are the disturbing finding.

Anonymous

Several years ago, while in college, I took a course in Genetics. I learned that a couple cannot, under any circumstances, have a white baby if the parents are from different races. This includes Asian and African mixed marriages. If you love your white heritage, as I do, this is a no-brainer.

Anonymous

>>So some people think differently than you. Who cares? Its their right, after all. The great thing about America is having the freedom to express yourself. Once we try to limit the freedom of those we disagree with, then we ALL lose.I recommend that you take a good class in civics. This isnt about having an opinion about interracial marriage, its about the legality. The legality is well-established by the Constitution. What you and these people are saying is that the Constitution doesnt matter, discrimination is fine. This would work well in Iran, but this is the US and the Constitution is the law of the land, not you and your friends in Mississippi.

Dustin Ingalls

Maybe interracial is a hard word to understand. Did earlier polls use that word or a different term like between different races?We hadnt polled on it until now. I think people know what interracial means. If they dont, well, that doesnt speak any more highly of them than the results do.

Anonymous

Of course the interracial marriage question is relevant - after all, our current President came about as the result of an interracial marriage. Questions that come out of left field often get more honest answers. The poll shows the racism inherent in some (especially Southern) GOP voters. This accounts for a lot of the racially-based jibes directed at Pres. Obama (Obama bucks during the campaign; Tea Party protest signs showing him as a witch doctor, etc.)

Keith

Tells you something about the kinds of folks who like each of those candidates.Indeed it does.

Anonymous

>>Why would any political pollster asking about Presidential candidates bring up the legality of interracial marriage?You obviously havent tried traveling as an interracial couple in the south. It would be nice if there was support for the marriages that are already legal, but not getting served in rural diners, etc. etc. certainly make the question pertinent.

Sofia

It is okay to want to marry within your race, it is not okay to force others to be just like you.

Anonymous

Hunh?! What kind of stupid question is this?! WTH cares how many people in MS or BFE think interracial marriage should be illegal? The issue is MOOT. With Loving vs. Virginia the SCOTUS decided the legality of the interracial marriage issue in favor of legalizing it and striking down any and all anti-miscegenation laws nationwide OVER FIFTY YEARS AGO! Why is the poll asking this stupid a question? To beat a dead, rotting horse carcass or create more racial conflict and mischief to blame on Republicans. What next? Its not okay just to legalize interracial marriage and leave it at that? Can we expect you people to call out the national guard and authorize force to push unwilling whites into marriage with non-whites at gunpoint to desegregate their bedrooms just the way you did their schools back in the fifties?!KNOCK IF OFF, YOU MANIACS!

Christopher

As a Mississippian I can tell you honestly that the 40% of conservatives who dont think it should be illegal do not approve of it, either. They just dont feel a law is necessary as theyve raised their children better than that. If you think this sounds odd, I personally invite you liberals to spend a month in Jackson and THEN make up your mind on the subject... once you have the specific experience which would qualify you to make such a judgement. I particularly enjoyed the fascist opinion above which suggested that the citizens of my state not be entitled to govern themselves. That type of hypocritical doublespeak from radical liberals is precisely why the people of this country are about to once again be forced to issue a check on Constitutional liberties and entitlement.

Alvin

I lived in Mississippi for 20 years. I worked at the states biggest employer. Through the years met many people of all colors and ages and ways of life. Mississippi has the most ignorant and out of date people than any where I ever been. Ive lived in 9 states. The good old boys in Mississippi still have Rebbel flags in rear truck windows. Spit cups are full sitting on dash boards full of tobacco juice. There moon shine and Meth production is huge and there wives still go bare footed with long stringy dirty hair. They vote there brother-in-laws in as politicians so they can illegally hunt wild game and manufactor drugs. They hate racial marriages and can not stand the fact that most mixed marriages are stable and quiet. Most of them inter breed and retardation rate is very high. Most sleep with there teachers in school and a big percentage finish school because to keep scandal down. The elected officials care more about deer hunting and illegal operations of there crops and farm land.. I can go on and on but the bottom line is that any pools taken there should not even be considerd in any way shape or form.

Fangz

Incidentally, Tom, have you considered using the methodology of the paper I linked in the previous comment(http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online=6190268)to ask touchy questions like that?

Fangz

Reminder: theres reasonably strong evidence that about 42% of southern whites are closet racists:http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online=6190268This poll is totally consistent with that. The true number of republicans who think interracial marriage should be illegal is likely substantially higher.

Anonymous

I have to say this is the most ridiculous poll I have ever seen! This question is specifically meant to cast Southern whites in a horrible light. Why not ask who among African Americans feels like they are still owed by the whites? Yes there are many ignorant white southerners but there are ignorant African Americans, Mexicans, Asians, ect. Every race has its share of ignorant people. I was born and raised in the south but believe marriage is the choice of the ones getting married, regardless of sex, race, or any other discriminatory factor. It is wrong for blacks of today to feel as though the whites still owe a debt to them. Their ancesters were not the only slaves in America (look up the Irish Slaves in America, I said slaves not indentured servants, do the research) I get so aggravated when people use the race card to try to turn one another agianst each other (readers against Republicans). How many Democrats are against this? I am sure there are plenty of them too. How many Republicans are for interacial marriage? Did you question everyone? No of course you didnt! You can not judge the entire south based on a few. Half 46% were against interacial marriage, well guess what 40% said they were for it. Half of your poll group. How can you then say that All Republicans are racist bigots when half of them clearly arent? You know when I read the title I thought this would be interesting but clearly I was mistaken. No one is entitled to anything, please understand that.

Anonymous

How about asking Democrats too. Remember it was the southern Democrats who were for segregation and against Dr. King. Sadly the results could be worse if Democrats were polled.

Anonymous

Several years ago, while in college, I took a course in Genetics. I learned that a couple cannot, under any circumstances, have a white baby if the parents are from different races. This includes Asian and African mixed marriages. If you love your white heritage, as I do, this is a no-brainer.To address the commentator above: Interesting comment; Did you know Eddie and Alex Van Halen are half Asian? Thank God their parents married and had kids.

Anonymous

I wonder how many liberal Democrats (including minorities and lesbians) think interracial marriage should be MANDATORY. Im guessing quite a few.Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln were right. Not deporting them back to Africa was a huge mistake.__________________________________Hello Sir,As a career soldier who fought in the Gulf War and served with brave men and women of various ethnic backgrounds; I am always (but maybe I shouldnt be) taken aback at comments -- such as the above, targeted toward fellow Americans. Sometimes we as Americans lose perspective of patriotism and just simple humanity. I invite you to visit a VA hospital and meet some of the disabled soldiers and Veterans -- men, women, black, white, brown, yellow, etc. Why?1) It is a way to say thank you for your Service.2) You may realize just how lucky(blessed) you are to have sight, limbs,and freedom to express your opinion.3) I think you may find the unimportance of a fellow Americans race -- As a Service Disabled Vet, I do.

zaire76

based on the disclaimer Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify. I would like to see the actual number of individuals that actually answered each question. Being a biased pollster, Im sure you weighed everything in your favor.

EDH

The only policy question PPP included in an automated, telephone push-button response poll is about the legality interracial marriage?And notice, the more liberal the respondent the more likely they were to say that interracial marriage should be illegal.ILLEGAL / LEGAL:Very Liberal: 55% / 33% = +22Somewhat Liberal: 71% / 17% = +54Moderate: 48% / 37% = +11Somewhat Conservative: 42% / 45% = -3Very Conservative: 45% / 40% +5Somethings funny about this rigged poll.

Dustin Ingalls

An inspection of your website (http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/surveys.asp) shows that you have published at least a dozen Republican polls since March 1 and only one Democratic poll during that time.Yeah, thats because we poll the GOP primary for president (and any other offices) in every state, and there are few contested Democratic primaries. The actions on the GOP side, since Democrats have so much turf to defend for Senate and, of course, president.I have to question your sincerity that you will actually publish the Democratic party members content at a later time.Were not going to just publish the numbers for Democrats, but for everyone.When you wise-crack, belittle, or otherwise make fun of the subjects of your poll or those of us who comment, I believe it erodes your credibility as an unbiased journalist.We dont pretend to be unbiased, and were not journalists.What is the breakdown of the marriage question by race?Essentially all the Republicans are white, so....

John

@McClarinJ: As a matter of historical fact Democrats moving into the Republican party in the the 60s created the Southern Republican party as a viable political organization. That shift was based on exactly the sort of racism that this poll reveals. The Republican party in the South is founded on racism. This poll does nothing more than demonstrate that it has NOT outgrown that shameful history.

BabsSays

Directly from the PPP report:PPP surveyed 400 usual Mississippi Republican primary voters from March 24th to 27th.The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.9%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewedand weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.... so about 184 people, likely from the same area, think interracial marriage is wrong.

Anonymous

I wonder how many liberal Democrats (including minorities and lesbians) think interracial marriage should be MANDATORY. Im guessing quite a few. Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln were right. Not deporting them back to Africa was a huge mistake.

ants_melissa

What you have to realize is, until about the mid to late 1950s interracial dating was a felony. MS was one of the last states to drop this law. Until people actually get out and vote, how can we expect anything different? Instead of sitting back and letting something that ignorant happen, VOTE! I love my black husband and my biracial children and I dare ANYONE to tell me anything different.

Anonymous

THIS IS SOOO STUPID.....Y IS THAT EVERY TIME SOMETHING NEW IS COMMING TO MISSISSIPPI, THEY MANAGE TO KEEP IT OL FASHION SO THEY CAN FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE THE POWER???? I AM SOO SICK AND TIRED OF THESE STUPID REPUBLICAN PPL IN MISSISSIPPI TRYING TO RUIN EVERYTHING.....THEY DONT EVEN LIKE THE FACT THAT THERE R GAY PPL INTERRACIAL COUPLES AND DIFFRENT RACES THERE!!!! ALL OF THOSE OLD PPL NEED TO RETIRED AND GET SOME PPL THAT LOVES THE STATE AND WANT TO MAKE CHANGES AND BRING BUSINESSES LIKE ANY OTHER CITIES AND STATES DO, THINGS WILL BE GREAT!!!! I BELIEVE ALL OF THOSE REPUBICANS R NUTHING BUT KKKs OR SKULL N BONES SOCIETY PPL THAT DONT WANT A BLACK PERSON TO CHANGE THINGS IN THERE........FOR GODS SAKE, THEY TRYING TO GET RID OF THE BLACK AND INTERRACIAL PPL IN MISSISSIPPI!!!!! NO WONDER THAT GUY ON HBO WHO HAVE A TALK SHOW HAD A MAP SAYING MISSISSIPPI IS THE #3 DUMBEST STATE TO TRY AND MAKE SOMETHING SOOOO DAMN SMALL A HUGE MISUNDERSTANDING......ALL THOSE WHITE PPL TRYING TO GET ALOT OF MONEY BY NOT DOING SOMETHING CREATIVE, NOT SUPPORTING ANY SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THEIR STATE, AND THEY DIDNT TAKE THE MONEY THAT OBAMA WAS GIVING TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL, PPL THEIR JOBS, AND MORE!!! HALEY BARBOUR DONT NEED TO BE THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!! HE WILL TURN AGAINST HIS OWN PPL AND EVERY RACE, TOO. HE IS LIVING GOOD, BUYING HOUSES, EXPENSIVE CARS, CLOTHES, FOOD, PROBABLY GOT A 245 ACRE HOME WHILE WE LIVING IN LOW INCOME APT AND NOT GETTING PAY ENOUGH, NOT TO MENTION, SOME WHITE PPL DONT WANT US ALIVE N TRYING TO TAUGHT US WITH THEIR RACIAL WORDS N STUFF. NEXT THING U KNOW, HE WILL COME OUT WITH A BILL SAYING BLACK PPL CANT VOTE, GO TO SCHOOL, GET A JOB, DATING, ETC,.....JUST DUMB CRAZY ASS SHIT!!!!! I WISH THERE WAS A BLACK MAN MAKING A CHANGE 8IN MISSISSIPPI......IT WILL HAVE ALOT OF PPL UNDERSTAND TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING YOU LOVE. IM FROM MISSISSIPPI, BUT IT MAKES ME NOT WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE AT ALL. I SEE WHY PPL MOVED TO TEXAS, MINNESOTA, MICHIGAN,AND EVEN CANADA. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HALEY BARBOUR AND I HOPE THE PPL IN MISSISSIPPI WILL DO THEIR HOMEWORK ON THIS GUY N MAYBE THEY KNO WHO WILL BE THE PRESIDENT. I RATHER LET DONAL TRUMP RUN FOR PRESIDENT......AT LEAST HE CARES ABOUT HIS COUNTRY AND THE DIFFRENT RACES BEING THERE.

Anonymous

From what I have seen. The white people are becoming stronger voices that stick together and they use the bible as their reason for all their ignorance. Where are the black people to stand up for themselves? Go to the Facebook page WTOK. an abc news station and follow the opinions of what MS feels about whats going on locally. There are very few black people who post there but a ton of white racist republicans who voice their opinions of the bible says this and the bible says that. Its so slanted that I get tired of having 10 bible thumpers beating up on me for giving an educated opinion. There needs to be an education movement in the south.

Anonymous

Thats pretty ironic that the ones who dont support interracial marriage, are big Palin fans. I wonder if they know that Todd Palin is Native Alaskan?

Anonymous

Thing is, with republicans, at least they let you know where they stand, its the democrats who hide it......most white democrats are the most racist of all, but they are so good at disguising it and fooling black people UNO voting for them, only to control black people with their social programs and keep them from bettering themselves and their community.......... Its no coincidence that black america us no better off than they were 60 years ago, and democrats have controlled this country the majority of that time......

Anonymous

What is the polling of Democratic as well as African American opposition or approval of interracial marriage? What is the agenda here?Its 2011. Its time to be tolerant and accepting of diverse opinions.

Dustin Ingalls

The only policy question PPP included in an automated, telephone push-button response poll is about the legality interracial marriage?Again, these werent the only questions asked in the poll.And notice, the more liberal the respondent the more likely they were to say that interracial marriage should be illegal.You cant take crosstabs for liberals seriously in a GOP primary sample. The margin of error on those very liberal and somewhat liberal subsamples is 24.5%, 5 times the MOE for the entire sample.

Anonymous

I am from Mississippi. I think its definitely worth looking into the ages of the people who took part in this poll. I know this is irrelevant to the actual article, but it is kind of in sync with some of the comments. Last year as high school senior when my class was told to choose sides for a gay marriage debate, everyone in the class but one person was IN FAVOR of gay marriage.The young people of Mississippi think VERY differently than the older people. Just saying.

Anonymous

I think that the polling data for the questions as asked provide beneficial(if not disturbing)information. I think that the secondary inferences, not so much. The further you get from the actual question and try to compare the secondary inferences (the so called “cross tabs”) the less valid your results become. While the poll itself has a “Marge N. Overa” of 5% (indication of poor a poor poll quality in and of its self) the crosstab inferences have margins of error that in some cases exceed 20%. That is how you get skewed inferences such as 58% of self described “very liberal” and 74% of “somewhat liberal” respondents who think that interracial marriage should be illegal (compared to 42% and 45% for somewhat and very conservative respondents respectively). Why wasn’t the race of the respondents made available. I am sure that there were at least as many African Americans as there were very liberal respondents in this group.I just think that this makes the argument for a closed primary system. Keep all of those closed minded bigoted schmucks (an invective I read on the Public policy Polling comments section) Democrats out of my primary for Pete’s sake.I guess that next week we will be getting the break down on the social mores of the regular democratic primary voters.Holding my breath,JD

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