-Mississippi may be one of the most conservative states in the country, but even there only 28% of voters think employers should be able to discriminate against their employees based on sexual orientation to 66% who think it should not be allowed. Even Republican voters in the state, by a 41/52 margin, think that should not be permitted.
Mississippi probably continues to be the most conservative state in the country when it comes to same sex marriage though. Only 22% of voters think it should be legal compared to 69% who think it should be illegal. Even with those numbers you can see signs of a shift though- 2 years ago we found only 13% support for gay marriage with 78% of voters opposed to it. There's been a marked shift in support among Democrats, from a 19/66 spread a couple years ago to 40/48 now. That's largely due to movement among black voters who have gone from 15% support to 37% since 2011.
On the broader issue of civil unions 49% of Mississippians support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples to 45% who think there shouldn't be any. That's up from just 38% supporting legal recognition to 60% for a total ban a couple years ago.
-Mississippi voters support the proposed increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour by a 54/37 margin. Democrats (89/7) are overwhelmingly in support of it as are a majority of independents (50/39), and a quarter of Republicans (25/61).
-Our first look at Phil Bryant's approval numbers since he became Governor finds him with slightly above average popularity. 44% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 31% who disapprove. There are no real surprises in his numbers- Republicans like him (64/11), Democrats don't (21/52), and independents are kind of in the middle (44/37). Roger Wicker has a 40/35 approval rating. Similar to Thad Cochran that represents a big drop from a couple years ago when he was at 56/23. His numbers with Democrats are pretty similar to what they were then, but he's seen a big drop with Republicans from 80/7 to 56/23.
When it comes to the general election in Mississippi, Chris Christie (49/40 over Hillary Clinton) and Jeb Bush (50/42) are by far the stronger Republican candidates. Ted Cruz (47/45) and Rand Paul (46/44) still lead Clinton, but by considerably tighter margins.
-Finally, turning the attention to sports, we continue to find that Mississippi State has the largest fanbase in the state. 37% of voters identify as Bulldog fans to 25% for Ole Miss and 15% for Southern Mississippi. Despite their struggles this season MSU fans still say they approve of Dan Mullen's performance by a 48/18 margin, and 56% think he should return next season to just 16% that think he should be fired.
Ole Miss fans are happier with their coach though- 61% say they approve of the job Hugh Freeze is doing to only 10% who disapprove. And they can also lay claim to the overall most popular person we've ever polled on in the state of Mississippi- 66% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Archie Manning to only 7% with a negative one.
Full results here