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.WTF?
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.Perhaps not so WTF—but still, WTF?
I hope there's a serious flaw in this poll, or that it is a late April Fool's joke. I have for a long time now believed that beneath the veneer of civilized respectability that coats the United States, huge portions of our population still are so backward and medieval that they might as well have been coughed up from the blackest depths of Baluchistan. But I hate to be proved this right.