Michelle Cottle took issue with polling interracial marriage in Alabama and Mississippi. Matt Steinglass considers both sides of the debate:

On the one hand, it's certainly true that one reason results like these make newspaper headlines is that they allow northerners and westerners (especially westerners; that's where interracial marriage is most common) to feel superior about themselves, and look down on ignorant hicks. On the other hand, the fact is that higher levels of racial prejudice and resentment in the South are real and politically relevant, and pretending that political contests these days aren't affected by racial attitudes is a form of deliberate ignorance that warps our political discussions.