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Just when you thought we were making strides toward a more inclusive society, we learn that we still have a ways to go.

According to a new survey from the polling group Public Policy Polling (PPP), 29 percent of likely Republican voters in Mississippi and 21 percent of likely GOP voters in Alabama think interracial marriage should be outlawed.

Although they are in the minority–60 percent of likely voters in Mississippi think interracial marriage should be legal–these findings come at a time when interracial marriages are on the rise, and many are no longer limiting their dating and marrying prospects due to race.

Interestingly enough, likely Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi also think President Obama (who is the product of an interracial marriage) is a Muslim.

According to the PPP, “In Mississippi only 12% of voters think Obama’s a Christian to 52% who think he’s a Muslim and 36% who are not sure. In Alabama just 14% think Obama’s a Christian to 45% who think he’s a Muslim and 41% who aren’t sure.”

What do you think of the numbers?

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  • I like how hey used a picture of a black woman and a white man instead of a black man and a white woman.

    • I’d have to say the man is racially ambiguous…hell, he’s probably bi-racial.

  • NOitAll

    The South essentially has no democratic tradition to speak of…and I’m from the South. So it’s really no surprise that for one, they are still against “miscegenation” and even more important, they are still trying to prevent non-white people from voting.