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Most Mississippi Republican voters think interracial marriages should be illegal

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Prinnctopher's Belt, Apr 8, 2011.


You believe interracial marriage should be:

  1. Illegal

    1 vote(s)
  2. Legal

    18 vote(s)
  3. Undecided

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  1. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    A majority of Republican voters in Mississippi believe interracial marriage should be made illegal.

    The recently conducted phone poll, by credible firm Public Policy Polling (PPP), slipped the unambiguous racial question into a broader survey about the political chances of Republican candidates.

    PPP, a Democrat-affiliated polling firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina, said it 'surveyed 400 usual Mississippi Republican primary voters from March 24 to 27'.

    Within the usual questions about candidates and whether the respondent viewed them favourably or unfavourably, the survey then asked the simple question: 'Do you think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?'.

    While 40 per cent of respondents said interracial marriage should be legal, 46 per cent said it should be illegal - and a further 15 per cent were undecided.

    For generations in the South, the issue of interracial marriage - or even interracial relationships - has been a taboo subject.

    Indeed, less than 45 years ago, marriage between blacks and whites was illegal - and serious trouble lay ahead for a black man seen in the company of a woman of any race, regardless of his intentions.

    Despite today's relative enlightenment, interracial marriage is still clearly frowned upon.

    Tellingly, 68 per cent of the survey's respondents were over the age of 46, and 32 per cent were over the age of 65 - putting them firmly into the era of intolerance towards racial integration.

    Only 12 per cent of respondents were between the ages of 18 and 29.

    Furthermore, 40 per cent of respondents referred to themselves as 'very conservative' , while a further 36 per cent said they were 'somewhat conservative'.

    When concentrating on politics, the survey found Republican Mike Huckabee was popular Mississippi choice for president in 2012.

    When local politicians were filtered out of the equation, Mr Huckabee was favoured as a Republican presidential candidate by 35 per cent of those polled.

    His nearest rival was Sarah Palin, with 20 per cent of the vote, followed closely by Newt Gingrich with 18 per cent.

    Mitt Romney (eight per cent), Michele Bachmann (five per cent) and especially Ron Paul (two per cent) will not like the results of the poll.

    And perhaps the slender majority of Mississippians will not like the results of the recently released 2010 Census by the Census Bureau.

    The nation’s mixed-race population is growing above demographers' estimates, particularly in the South and parts of the Midwest.

    The mixed race population in North Carolina has doubled in the past decade, has expanded by up to 80 per cent in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

    In Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota, the multiracial population has increased by about 70 per cent.

    Mississippi led the nation in the growth of mixed marriages for most of the last decade. However, multiracial people are a tiny percentage of the state’s population, about 1.1 per cent.

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour sparked outrage last year by suggesting that the civil rights era in Mississippi - the most fearsome, violent and fatal in the country - was not that bad.

    Perhaps unsurprising, then, Mr Barbour draws the majority of votes when his name is included in the PPP's Presidential candidates for 2012.

    He wins 37 per cent of the vote, ahead of Mr Huckabee (19 per cent), Mrs Palin and Mr Gingrich (ten per cent) and Mr Romney (six per cent).

  2. jota1

    jota1 Well-Known Member

    Agree or not.
    Why should they not be able to express an opinion. Why are all opinions that go against the grain now thought to be condemning, racist or illegal?
  3. nolonger

    nolonger Well-Known Member

    Some people make such a huge thing over a piece of paper that really just legally binds you with another person.

    They make it out to be some massively mystical thing....when it's not....

    I wouldn't be surprised if the same 'illegal' voters also wanted slavery around....:rolleyes:
  4. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    Democrat affiliated polling organisation rang 400 people at their homes...

    Yup, completely credible results.

    Oh and its sourced from the Daily Mail, enough said.
  5. ZombiePringle

    ZombiePringle Forum Buddy and Antiquities Friend

    To be honest... going against interracial marriages would technically be racist and illegal. Racist because well because well its kinda obvious. And illegal... well it would be more unconstitutional than illegal. Just speaking technically... wasn't saying anything bad about what you said.
  6. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    Hmm... Issaccs comment made me reread it. What the hell does "usual Mississippi Republican primary voters" mean? Polls ought to be random, not of "usual" people. They seem to have targeted particularly hardcore Republicans and got predictable results.

    Delusive-Sunshine, voicing an opinion will hopefully never be illegal as long as it isn't a call for violence. It's merely racist and anti-constitutional (not "un-") in this case.
  7. jota1

    jota1 Well-Known Member

    Society has organized itself by binding contracts between two or more participants. Everything we do has a contract attached, from your house purchase to going to the supermarket to paying your utility bills to paying your taxes. Behind every term of responsibility there is some sort of contract. Its not there by chance its there so that both parties live up to the deal. Thats the way it is.

    Marriage weather you like it or not is a contract between two people. Its a contract of respect of responsibility of caring for each other of love but its one of the more important contracts you can make in life because (in most cases) its there to create life (your children). just because love/feelings are more subjective than paying your taxes does not mean you should not enter into a contract, on the contrary it should be reinforced so as people live up to their responsibilities.

    You will say that you do not need a piece of paper to live up to your responsibilities...well say that to the person your buying your house from or tell that to your government. I am sure they will believe you!!! Good luck.

    Marriage is a contract of/with life not just a piece of paper.
  8. Anime-Zodiac

    Anime-Zodiac Well-Known Member

    People should be able to be with who ever they like, whether that person be from another part of the world, another culture or different skin colour.

    I ask this question, what if the only person in the world capable of making you happy was that of different skin colour. Would you simply neglect this just because of there skin colour?
  9. jota1

    jota1 Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. live and let live, just try to be happy whatever you choose for yourself
  10. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    I don't know how you could say that not wanting interracial marriage is not racist. In order to not want interracial marriage, you would have to believe that there is some quality that white's hold that blacks do not, that you would want to prevent white folks from getting. Right? What other reasons would there be? It is a racist sentiment.

    P.S. What does that say about this forum that all 14 who voted clicked "legal." It shows that suicidal people are among the most empathetic, and generally morally upstanding.
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  11. johnnysays

    johnnysays Well-Known Member

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