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Appalling Polling

Public Policy Polling released the results of their Republican Primary polls in Alabama and Mississippi today, but the most interesting result are the last few questions:

In Alabama, only 14% think Obama is a Christian, while 45% think he is Muslim, and 41% are not sure. It is worse in Mississippi, where only 12% think Obama is a Christian, while a majority, 52% think he is Muslim and 36% are not sure.

In Alabama, 60% do not believe in evolution, 14% are not sure, while only 26% do believe in it. In Mississippi, 66% do not believe in evolution, 11% are not sure, and only 22% do believe in it.

67% of people in Alabama think that Alabama’s tough new immigration law has been a good thing, and 53% have a favorable opinion of Rush Limbaugh. In Mississippi, 51% have a favorable opinion of Limbaugh.

Interestingly, in Alabama 67% think that interracial marriage should be legal. Only 21% think it should be illegal and 12% are not sure. In Mississippi, 54% think interracial marriage should be legal, while 29% say it should be illegal and 17% are not sure.

I’m not sure if there is anything I can add to that.



  1. IL-08 wrote:

    So they think interracial marriage is ok, but don’t believe in the genetically superior superchildren it produces. They don’t realize us liberals are using these supra-evolved superpeople to become Harvard Law Review Editors and golden tongued orators whose sole purpose is to take their filthy guns away! I think we’ve won!!!

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink
  2. drew wrote:

    “Only” 21% and 29% think it should be illegal…

    During the 2008 election I remember an article in Newsweek where the author was talking to somebody from the Deep South who acknowledged that he was openly racist. He was convinced that the people who say they believe Obama is a Muslim were just as racist as he was but not willing to admit it. His reasoning was that most people realize that it is not socially acceptable to say that they won’t vote for Obama because he is a “negro” (or a couple other more offensive variations that he proceeded to rattle off) but nobody would criticize them for saying that they wouldn’t vote for a Muslim. At the time, I was somewhat skeptical, but given how long the issue has persisted – and the fact that they are so dead set against him despite the fact that he hasn’t taken away their guns or raised their taxes or any of the other terrible things he was supposedly going to do – I’m fairly certain that he was right.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  3. Don in Waco wrote:

    Ah, I have fond memories of when Alabama and Mississippi would provide Texas with a categorically worse state for education rankings, rate of HS dropouts, etc. Now, it seems, we’re pretty much wallowing in the putrid sediments with them. It does help to have a sense of humor when you’ve got governor-for-life Rick Perry.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  4. westomoon wrote:

    Wow, careful with those statistics! These are the polling results for likely Republican voters, not everyone in Alabama and Mississippi. Please, this news is depressing enough without globalizing it! You scared me so badly, I used your link to read your source article.

    It showed me what I think is the real source of these grim findings: Of the likely R voters polled, 68% identified themselves as evangelical Christians, 45% identified themselves as “very conservative”, and a further 36% identified themselves s “somewhat conservative” — which, in Alabama and Mississippi in 2012, probably means “complete dittohead who does not yet want to secede from the US or burn a Koran”.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    Sorry, I thought “likely Republican voters” was assumed with this being a poll for the Republican primary.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
  6. Mike Moore wrote:

    My late cousin, a religious and honorable Alabamian, whom I always thought was fair in his treatment of black people and open minded (not objecting to interracial marriages or neighborhood integration) said he was sorry, but he simply could not bring himself to vote for a black man. I never understood that.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Mike, you never informed your religious cousin that there is good evidence that Jesus was black?

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink