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46% of Miss. Republicans Oppose Interracial Marriage

Only 40% think it should be legal
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 2:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Gay marriage might be controversial, but apparently, Mississippi Republicans aren’t quite used to the idea of interracial marriage yet. In a new Public Policy Polling survey, 46% of Mississippi Republicans said they thought interracial marriage should be illegal, Raw Story reports. A mere 40% said it should remain legal, with the rest undecided.

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The same poll, perhaps unsurprisingly, found that Haley Barbour has a commanding lead over the prospective Republican primary field in his home state with 37% of the vote, well ahead of Mike Huckabee’s 19%, Newt Gingrich’s 10% and Sarah Palin’s 6%. There was no clear correlation between respondents’ views on interracial marriage and which candidate they favored. (Read more Mississippi stories.)

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