Within the usual questions about candidates and whether the respondent viewed them favourably or unfavourably, the survey then asked the simple question: 'Do you think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?'.
While 40 per cent of respondents said interracial marriage should be legal, 46 per cent said it should be illegal - and a further 15 per cent were undecided.
For generations in the South, the issue of interracial marriage - or even interracial relationships - has been a taboo subject.
Indeed, less than 45 years ago, marriage between blacks and whites was illegal - and serious trouble lay ahead for a black man seen in the company of a woman of any race, regardless of his intentions.
Despite today's relative enlightenment, interracial marriage is still clearly frowned upon.
Tellingly, 68 per cent of the survey's respondents were over the age of 46, and 32 per cent were over the age of 65 - putting them firmly into the era of intolerance towards racial integration.
Only 12 per cent of respondents were between the ages of 18 and 29.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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