Talking Points Memo reports on a new Public Policy Polling survey of Alabama and Mississippi that demonstrates perfectly why the Republican party’s southern strategy is so effective — because their target audience (Republican voters) is about equal parts ignorant and bigoted.
Alabama and Mississippi Republicans are evenly divided on whether President Obama is Muslim and are still working out their feelings on the legality of interracial marriage, according to new numbers by Democratic pollster PPP. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are currently locked in a close battle in the two states, which hold primaries this week.
Asked whether Obama is Christian or Muslim, some 45 percent of Alabama Republican respondents picked Muslim; 14 percent correctly identified him as Christian. Another 41 percent said they were unsure. In Mississippi, a majority of Republicans, 52 percent, identified Obama as Muslim; 12 percent said he was Christian and 36 percent were undecided.
The southern strategy works because apparently a sizable percentage of the population are ignorant bigots.