Swaths of GOP voters in Alabama, Mississippi still want ban on interracial marriages

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

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519 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

March 13th, 2012
8:52 am

… and some people are so stupid, it should be illegal for them to marry, procreate, and inflict their inbred stupidity genes on the rest of society! Is it the point of this column that those people prefer Mr. Gingrich in today’s primaries?

carlosgvv

March 13th, 2012
8:54 am

This is no suprise since a large number of these yahoos still think Obama is a Muslim.

Becky

March 13th, 2012
8:57 am

The family tree just does not branch in Alabama and Mississippi.

Red Means Go

March 13th, 2012
8:59 am

So if I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman of the same race, I am stupid?
Sorry, I call that having values.
Something you liberals clearly don’t understand.
The South truly does need to rise again.

Old tired media carrying the water for the admin again

March 13th, 2012
9:00 am

I predict we’ll see a flurry of idiotic articles like this throughout the old, tired traditional media…..frequency increasing as the price of gas goes up. Anything to distract the fact that the stated policy of this admin was to increase the price of gas to $4 a gal (or better yet, even more expensive).

No wonder outlets like this are losing subscribers at such a rate…….

Road Scholar

March 13th, 2012
9:00 am

Ga Blue: And to think these people are allowed to vote!

Road Scholar

March 13th, 2012
9:02 am

Old Tired…: “. Anything to distract the fact that the stated policy of this admin was to increase the price of gas to $4 a gal (or better yet, even more expensive). ”

Are you from Mississippi or Alabama?

Dixiecrat

March 13th, 2012
9:02 am

I was taught that the black bird don’t lay with the red bird, and the blue bird don’t lay with the crow.

K-Ster

March 13th, 2012
9:03 am

You don’t see these GOP religious zealots being godly by supporting a ban on DIVORCE. How un-Christian of them…

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 13th, 2012
9:04 am

America’s covenant as the New Israel prophesied by Isaiah, received from the Creator by Our Founders, is predicated on “all nations flowing into one” new, holy and righteous Nation, ruled only by Truth and Justice, a nation of sovereign individuals.

Denial of inter-racial marriage – All nations of the world flowing into Our Nation – is “de facto” rejection of G-d, the infinite, perfect, eternal, living, present, ineffable, invisible Creator in Whose image each human is made, regardless of pigmentation.

markie mark

March 13th, 2012
9:05 am

what does this have to do with elections, other than the media playing mud slinging games again….unfortunately, there always has been, and always will be, fools and bigots. And they are both north and south of the Mason Dixon line. Or have you guys forgotten the busing riots in Chicago and other northern cities in the early 70’s?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 13th, 2012
9:07 am

Different birds mate based on the songs they’re taught. Science proves this.

America’s “song” must be our credal civil religion: Rome’s 9/11-committing Beast with its Babylonian cult of perverts and plutocrats cast into the pit of full expropriation and banishment, with judicial execution where appropriate.

North Fulton Truthsayer

March 13th, 2012
9:07 am

New poll out shows that 85% of federal prisoners support Obama. Hmmm….

The Deal

March 13th, 2012
9:10 am

Interracial marriage is a wonderful thing. Eventually, it will blur the lines of race and you dummies out there can stop worrying about it one way or another.

Pillsbury

March 13th, 2012
9:10 am

Dixiecrat: I don’t think birds get married, have jobs, or go to church. Additionally, they don’t “lay” with each in the sense you’re implying. In fact, I don’t think they do much of anything except fly around and hang out (which sounds like fun to be honest). We’re not birds.

Oblama

March 13th, 2012
9:10 am

I’m not in favor of the Oblama fed government getting any more control over our private lives. They won’t enforce laws already on the books concerning illegal immigration. It’s quite common here in south Georgia to see OBESE, sloppy (250 lbs & up) ugly white women, riding around on electric carts because they are in such pitiful shape, with petite Mexican men at Wal-Mart. I feel sorry for the guys. That’s a steep price to pay to get legal. While at the Jacksonville Zoo I couldn’t help but notice that the blue & red parrots stayed together and the blue and yellow parrots stayed in their group and they all lived happily together in one big home. Different races make life more interesting.

curious

March 13th, 2012
9:11 am

K-Ster

Don’t fret; Newt will outlaw divorce once he’s in office.
Defense of Marriage Act, you know.

jconservative

March 13th, 2012
9:11 am

I would say that those who want government to step in and decide who can and cannot get married is itself a Liberal Position on the issue. Saying that it is none of the government’s business is the Conservative Position.

Big Government = Liberal
Small Government = Conservative.

Dawginit

March 13th, 2012
9:15 am

Why is this front page news?

td

March 13th, 2012
9:15 am

Jim would rather run this nothing story then to talk about the new NY Times polling data. I guess he just refuses to write anything negative about Obama.

Goober

March 13th, 2012
9:17 am

Next you allow the Irish to marry red blooded southern rednecks, where will this carnage end.

Oblama

March 13th, 2012
9:17 am

Will Jones – what a crock of B.S.!!!! That’s not in my Bible. What is INEFFABLE any way? They taught ENGLISH in my school – not ebonics. If you are going to talk about God at least have the decency to spell His name correctly. It is not G-d and this is not Xmas.

Becky

March 13th, 2012
9:18 am

And American Indians to marry white folk. Oh lordie.

Random Reader

March 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Wow….I really want to say something smart and witty, But to read that in 2012 there are still people that think this way is just sad……

Prosper Hogue

March 13th, 2012
9:21 am

Dixiecrat: Are you a bird or a human being?

URnotUA

March 13th, 2012
9:22 am

Georgia’s numbers are much worse! 52% of Georgia GOP voters think interracial marriage should be legal, while 29% think it should be illegal. Those numbers are in the Mississippi range. So again, Alabama is the leader in the deep south in both football and race relations! Roll Tide!

ABC

March 13th, 2012
9:22 am

Where is the zombie apocalypse when we need it?

FBR

March 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Of course Obama’’s not a Muslim Carlosvv, he’s only a Fascist !! What could be better??

ashamed

March 13th, 2012
9:24 am

Sometimes I’m ashamed that I am from the south where interracial marriage is even a topic of discussion. With the lights off we’re all the same color, and we all bleed the same. Why someone is concerned with anyone else’s life partner is beyond me. You do not contribute to the relationship in any shape or form so why is it your business. I just remind myself eventually these old world views will be dying off soon with the old fogeys who have them. YES!

born with a tan

March 13th, 2012
9:24 am

Interracial Marriage….. should be banned again?
What is this 1910
I have traveled the world and everywhere I have been, I’ve seen interracial couples and biracial children.
And we wonder why the rest of the world laughs at the United States of America.
Pitiful…just pitiful.

zgoldatl

March 13th, 2012
9:25 am

These are cherry picked numbers to once again, make Southerners look bad. Perfect example of a left wing media gone wild. This isn’t news.

born with a tan

March 13th, 2012
9:25 am

News Flash.. INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE IS LEGAL.

hildymac

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Gosh, RedMeansGo, thanks so much for giving me yet another reason to move back to Illinois after the economy stabilizes. People like you are why the South couldn’t rise in the first place.

Oblama

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Jim Galloway is the flunky carrying the message for this liberal fish wrapper known as the Atlanta Urinal & Constipation. Gingrich is not for banning interracial marriage and he knows it. The GOP is not for banning interracial marriage. The fact is that the ultra far left is in favor of making it legal to marrying anything. When are they going to start pushing to make it legal to marry your dog or your child?

Jawbreaker

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

WOW! This is someone we want running the country. I thought after Obama was elected, that we had finally turned the corner on race in this country, but heaven knows I was mistaken. It only made things worse. Feels like living in the 50’s all over again. The sad thing is if this went on the ballot, people would actually vote for it.

Can't get no dumber

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Inbred stupidity

grifter

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Whew, by some of your comments you people clearly hail from Mississippi. If only you would all go back there. I mean really, how does Georgia get rid of you? How can America get rid of you and your SICK OUT-DATED RIGHT WING IGONORANT ‘values’? This means you Red Means Go and Dixiecrat. How do we get rid of you??

Samantha

March 13th, 2012
9:27 am

To: “Red Means Go”..You are a SICK PERSON! You are a FOOL! Talking about the ’south truly needs to rise again’…you are living in a sick dream!!! Interracial marriages will NEVER be against the law again! NEVER EVER!!!!! You NEED to check your DNA…trust me you will find that you too – pale one – has Black African Blood running through your veins…White people are NOT natural at all! The first Man created by God was BLACK!!!! You all came out of caves and you know it!

There is NOTHING wrong with interracial marriages. As long as it is between a Man and a Woman!

This will not pass…all of you racist a$$holes need to just move to one of your trailor parks and let the Tailban blow your sorry a$$es away sky high! You are SICK!!!!

Power to the interracial couples of this world!!!! :)

Patrick

March 13th, 2012
9:27 am

@ Red means go. Yes, that thought process pretty much makes you stupid.

TimothyZ

March 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Amen! Amen! And amen! Ignorance continues to breed it ugly head!!!

BamaGirrl

March 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Rednecks…marry their cousins and sisters but dont agree with interracial marriage.

Keep It

March 13th, 2012
9:28 am

Why don’t they just remove the color-factor from all our eyes! That way its not noticed…WOW. Alabama and Mississippi—they just got their first “Stop” Signs…..

NtrlGAGirl

March 13th, 2012
9:28 am

@Oblama: You think “ineffable” is ebonics? Bwahahahahahahahaha

Please, by all that is holy, tell me that your being facetious.

Bubba O'Bama

March 13th, 2012
9:28 am

Amen…North Fulton Truthsayer!!! What far Left Media boob wrote this stupid article???

td

March 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Let us be honest for a minute people. There is no race of people on this earth that feels it is in the best interest of their race to marry outside the race. I am a white man married to a Asian woman and her family was just as much against the marriage as my family was and it was purely on racial considerations. We now have been married for quiet a while and both families accept us as part of the family.

This story is not that big of a deal.

Michelle

March 13th, 2012
9:30 am

At least these rednecks are finally being honest about their bigotry.

Alphare

March 13th, 2012
9:30 am

The problem for people in Alabama and Mississippi is, they thought Newt is white. Seriously, look at the guy, short with black hair and square face, is that white to you? If he lives in the Mexico countryside for a couple of months and picks up their language and habits, then are you sure he is not a Mexican?

Bad Journalism

March 13th, 2012
9:30 am

The fact that the same survey was either not performed or not reported for Democrats and Independants in these two states is a giveaway that this is a smear piece. Sad. This is not new – it is an agenda.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 13th, 2012
9:31 am

Zombie apocalypse? Having the RCs on the SCOTUS cheat the draft-dodging homosexual psychopath son of one of JFK’s assassins, who sent us to ‘Nam, the g’son of Hitler’s banker now “tipped” for 9/11 with Colonial PIpeline’s 11% of all U.S. oil and gas distribution is proof enough of the zombies’ take-over?

It’s Black and White whigs together again, as in ‘76 – Baptists and Masons – with tories swinging from Tory Oaks, or the Jewish and papist Fifth Columns of the Roman Anti-Christ the PROPHET Thomas Jefferson identified, will be taking us all “back,” and “America” doomed.

Harry B. Alls

March 13th, 2012
9:31 am

Doesn’t mean you’re stupid, just ignorant like the rest of you red cousin phuccers!