In case you needed further proof that there is no such thing as post-racial America, there’s this.

With the 2012 race off to an early start, there has been much speculation around the viability of the many names being tossed around as potential GOP candidates. In an effort to gage voter sentiment in Mississippi, Public Policy Polling decided to take a survey of some of the Republican voters who voted regularly in the state’s primaries.

The results of Public Policy’s survey showed Mississippi’s Republican base favored the predictable roster of names (Palin, Huckabee, Barbour, Ginrich, Bachmann, Romney) we’ve heard before.

In addition to their picks for the White House, the 400 respondents also gave their thoughts on the social issues on their minds as the country heads into the next Presidential election cycle.

When asked their thoughts on interracial marriage, 46 percent of respondents said it should be illegal. While 40 percent of respondents said they believed people should be able to marry regardless of race and a troubling 14 percent were not sure.

Reading through the results, its hard not wonder if the entire thing was a prank. Sadly, it is not. And while there is the issue of blatant racism, we have to wonder why the question on interracial marriages was included in the survey in the first place.

The survey did not ask the Republican voters their thoughts on issues like health care reform or the economy- ones far more likely to be up for debate when candidates from both parties hit the campaign trail.  So why interracial marriage? Besides that Mississippi may very well still be the state Nina Simone sang about and Oprah remembered- what insight did these political pollsters hope to gain for the 2012 election? With all the important issues on the nation’s present legislative agenda, to ask voters about one that is not seems rather suspect.

What’s your take on the survey and its results, Clutchettes?  Tell us what you think!

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