Mississippi Polling: Roughly Half of Polled Republicans in Mississippi Believe Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal

A poll released this week shows that 46% percent of Mississippi Republicans believe that interracial marriage should be illegal. That staggering number is accompanied by only 40% who believe that adults should be free to marry who they want. This poll just happens to come out on the anniversary of the argument in Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), where the Supreme Court in a 9-0 vote struck down Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute.

The poll means that one out of two Mississippi Republicans want to return to the pre-Loving status where (under Pace v. Alabama (1883)) couples could be thrown into jail for marrying outside of their race. In the case of Mildred Loving and Richard Perry Loving, Virginia police raid their home in an effort to find them in a sexual act to bring a criminal charge but quickly changed the charge when shown a marriage license of Washington, D.C. They were charged under Section 20-58 of the Virginia Code, which prohibited interracial couples from being married out of state and then returning to Virginia as well as the miscegenation provision under Section 20-59. After they pleaded guilty, Judge Leon M. Bazile handed down a one-year sentence (suspended for 25 years on condition that the couple leave the state of Virginia) with these infamous words:

Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.

The argument before the Supreme Court was heard on April 10, 1967 — 44 years ago. If accurate, this poll would indicate that four decades have not changed many minds in the Mississippi GOP.

Source: Public Policy Polling as seen on Reddit.

Jonathan Turley

36 thoughts on “Mississippi Polling: Roughly Half of Polled Republicans in Mississippi Believe Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal”

  1. I wish someone would do a poll of those in mixed marriages and what they think should be done with that 46% percent of Mississippi Republicans.

  2. Swarthmore mom: so do the Mormons. And although it may not be official church doctrine in most American religions, many of their members hold the belief and justify it by saying that the basis for it can be found in Scripture.

    As with most of Scripture, if you look hard enough you’ll find what you are looking for.

    But I repeat my point: this isn’t exclusive to Mississippi, or the South, or Baptists, or Republicans. I am willing to bet that a national survey would give numbers not very different from what have been cited here.

  3. Tootie

    The only point is to not be unequally yoked which refers to different religious beliefs.

  4. Moar, The difference is that the Southern Baptist Convention thinks it is based on scripture.

  5. “This is a belief held by southern baptists.”

    Hate to butt in on all the Southern bashing, but this is not a belief that belongs exclusively to either Southerners or Baptists. I’m willing to bet these numbers hold up with a few percentage points anywhere in the nation.

  6. This is the number that jumps out at me:

    “. That staggering number is accompanied by only 40% who believe that adults should be free to marry who they want.”

    Now thats very interesting.

  7. The survey is very telling … Barbour, whose state is just about dead last in terms of economics, education, child welfare, etc. than any other state in the Union, has an 85% approval rating in job performance and 70% have a favorable opinion of the Wasilly Hillbilly …

    “72% of those Republicans surveyed identified their race as “African-American”.”

    I looked through the study and am unable to find this information … what’s up with that, troll?

  8. Acts 17:26 and 27

    “[The Lord] hath made of ONE BLOOD all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

    That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us…”

    All groups come from Noah and his line. Clearly, the Lord grouped them together by languages, which then led to different physical features (adaptations).

    Nowhere is it forbidden that the different groups may no intermarry.

  9. 72% of those Republicans surveyed identified their race as “African-American”.

  10. The real question would have been why they felt this way. You can run into political / societal “micro-climates” where the actual reasons for belief are different than what is commonly expected.

    As for wanting it to be illegal – that’s just the normal “there aught to be a law!” crap that so many people fall into.

  11. Stunning… We are, indeed, living in a world gone mad — to use Frank’s words…

  12. And that surprises us WHY? Come on folks it’s Mississippi…just imagine if this poll was done in Alabama.

  13. Why not marry who you want and leave the rest to there own devises….

  14. Must protect the purity of our women folk from the pollution of mongrel races, don’t you know. Now excuse me whilst I slip out to the cabins out back for a little dip of the pen in the ol ink well.

    We live in a world gone mad.

  15. I’m sorry, I thought it was 2011, not 1811 …

    Ahhhh … further evidence racism is alive and well in Ol’ Dixie …

  16. Pretty rich coming from a population of diminished genetics. Thought they last tried a parallel experiment back in 35′ “The Nuremberg Laws” I believe it was called. LMAO

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