Last month, the Pew Research Center found that marriages crossing ethnic and racial lines continued to rise in the United States:
The share of new marriages between spouses of a different race or ethnicity increased to 15.1 % in 2010, and the share of all current marriages that are either interracial or interethnic has reached an all-time high of 8.4%.
For new marriages, that’s more than double the rate in 1980. It’s a phenomenon of the American West more than any other region, where 22 percent of all marriages between 2008 and 2010 crossed a cultural boundary, the Pew study declared.
On Monday, this regionalism was underlined — and not in a kind way – by a Public Policy Polling survey of likely GOP voters in the two states that hold their presidential primaries today:
Alabama’s pretty much on board with interracial marriage, with 67% of voters thinking it should be legal to 21% who think it should not be. There’s still some skepticism in Mississippi though — only 54% of voters think it should be legal, while 29% believe it should be illegal.
The last state ban on mixed marriages was lifted in 1967. As is its wont, PPP crossed the attitudes toward race with support for the Republican presidential candidates:
Newt cleans up with the ‘interracial marriage should be illegal’ crowd in both states. He’s up 40-27 on Romney with them in Mississippi and 37-28 with them in Alabama.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider