Do you think there should be laws against marriages between African-Americans and whites?
They kept asking the question for 30 years, but dropped it in 2002. Here’s the reason:
By 2002 it was a consistent finding that less than 10% of Americans would accede to the proposition that interracial marriage should be legally banned. So the finding that that 46% of Mississippi Republicans agree with that position, and that only 40% reject it outright, is somewhat curious. Here’s the question in PPP:
Do you think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?
The outcomes were:
- 40% said legal
- 46% said illegal
- 14% were not sure
Remember that the sample was limited to Mississippi Republicans. Let’s go back and look at some of the demographic correlates for the responses to RACMAR between 1998 and 2002, when the proportion responding yes and no was relatively constant. I’ll focus on region and politics.Ban interracial marriage Liberal 7 Moderate 10 Conservative 12 Democrat 10 Independent 10 Republican 11 New England 7 Middle Atlantic 8 East North Central 9 West North Central 9 South Atlantic 11 East ...