29% of Mississippi Republicans Still Think Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal

Graham Smith, Daily Mail (London), March 13, 2012

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The pivotal primaries in Alabama and Mississippi come as a new poll appears to prove just how non-progressive some GOP voters in the region are.

An astonishing 29 per cent of Republican voters in Mississippi believe that interracial marriage should be illegal.

This number falls to a still significant 21 per cent among self-declared GOP supporters in Alabama, according to the survey by Public Police Polling.

In Mississippi, 54 per cent said they were in favour of mixed-race marriage, a figure that increased to 67 per cent in Alabama.

Interracial marriage has been legal across the U.S. since June 1967, when a Supreme Court ruling banned anti-miscegenation laws then enforced in 16 states.

Today’s closely-forced primaries in¬†Alabama and Mississippi offer Mr Romney¬†a key opportunity in a region that has been slow to embrace him.

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