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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

During state Senator Chris McDaniel’s unsuccessful primary challenge to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), he often exhorted his supporters to “reclaim your country again.”

Thanks to a new Public Policy Polling survey, we may have a better idea of what he meant.

The poll, released Tuesday, finds that 37 percent of those who supported McDaniel in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff would support the Confederate states if there were a second Civil War. Just 38 percent would back the United States, and 25 percent were unsure.

Cochran supporters — a group that included many black Democrats — are a bit more patriotic: 61 percent would back the Union, while 22 percent would support the Confederacy and 17 percent are not sure.

Overall, 37 percent of Republicans who voted in the runoff would side with the Confederacy, and 41 percent would side with the United States; 21 percent couldn’t decide.

A smaller, but still significant minority seems to have an appetite for sparking such a conflict; 16 percent of runoff voters support the South seceding from the United States and forming its own country, while 63 percent oppose the idea, and 21 percent are not sure.

One in five McDaniel supporters back secession.

It’s not altogether surprising that many McDaniel supporters are nostalgic for the Confederacy; throughout the campaign, the conservative state senator was forced to distance himself from neo-Confederates and white supremacists.

PPP is known for including provocative questions in its polls, which occasionally toe the line of trolling the respondents. In 2013, for example, the pollster found that racist celebrity chef Paula Deen had a higher favorability in Georgia than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Overall, PPP found that Senator Cochran is in good shape for the general election. He leads former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, the Democratic nominee, by a 40 to 24 percent margin.

The PPP poll surveyed 501 Republican primary voters, all of whom said they voted in the runoff election. It has a +/- 3.7 percent margin of error.

H/t: Talking Points Memo

Photo: Stuart Seeger via Flickr

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  • ExRadioGuy15

    After reading this article, does anyone have a sane, rational and intelligent argument against two of the 10 Tenets of the GOP, bigotry and insanity?
    (The other eight Tenets of the GOP: hypocrisy, elitism, Fascism, greed, corruption, arrogance, incompetence and unintentional comedy)

  • charleo1

    Can the profound misconceptions of an uninformed, and radical Right Wing, fringe movement matter, in today’s highly polarized political environment? I think the answer has been a resounding yes. With an abundance of severely gerrymandered districts, combined with just a ton of political money. Absolutely. To a large, and harmful extent, they, this small group of Right Wing extremist ideologues, have managed to extend the recession, prevent any legislative mitigations to a very activist, very Corporate friendly, Supreme Court. And by and large thwart the will of the majority of the Country. While derailing much of the Obama Presidency. Who’s efforts were already going to be greatly curtailed by the immediacy of the enormous mess left by the eight years of the horrifically incompetent Bush Administration. And yet, the depth, and breath of the great chasm between the two perceptions of those on the Right, in comparison with those of the Left, is literally mind boggling. And leaves myself at a complete loss, as to how we will ever, from this perplexing point and time, reach consensus on the major issues again. Certainly not in the next election. Then, when? Is this the new normal? If so, then what of Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, the Middle Class, representative government, the vote itself, in an era of unchallenged corporate dominance, and irreversible, governmental gridlock?

    • rbrtdun

      Very well said.
      Thank you.

  • Dominick Vila

    Honestly, I am not surprised by this. The far right does not even attempt to hide their feelings when it comes to issues such as race, civil rights, abortion, same sex marriage and Latino immigration. They are proud of their position on these issues, and don’t hesitate to use them to rally the faithful by using incendiary rhetoric designed to divide Americans, putting stickers on their cars calling for a return to things that mainstream Americans find downright offensive, and resorting to insults or even violence when they don’t get their way. What remains to be seen is how beneficial their stands are to them in the long run. I expect Red states to become redder in November and beyond, but a backlash from people who do not share the xenophobic and medieval views of these people is definitely not out of the question.

  • Blueberry Hill

    So that means that 63% DO NOT back Confederacy in a Civil War. Hmmm.
    That’s good to know that this bunch of lunatics is not even half of the population in this country. I thought all the time that we sane ones outnumber the lunatics. So we should easily be able to rid our governments of these nitwits. SO GET OUT AND VOTE THESE IDIOTS OUT OF EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT IN NOVEMBER ! VOTE BLUE. We will have a chance to bring sanity back to our government and rid this scourge that has befallen our country; we just need the will to DO it. OUR VOTES ARE NOT FOR SALE.


  • Independent1

    “A smaller, but still significant minority seems to have an appetite for sparking such a conflict; 16 percent of runoff voters support the South seceding from the United States and forming its own country, while 63 percent oppose the idea, and 21 percent are not sure.

    What these goobers who would vote to secede from the U.S. don’t seem to realize, is that virtually all the states that would want to secede from the union, are the states in America that suck the highest amount of money from Washington. If they in fact did secede, within a very short time these states would spiral into total bankruptcy due to the GOP’s total governing incompetence. Not only that, but within a few years living in those states would be like turning the clock back more than 200 years as the states’ infrastructures turned into rack and ruin, and the already sub par life expectancies of their residents would plummet even further due to an increasing lack of healthcare, growing poverty and abstract destruction. Talk about 3rd world, these states would become like going back to the middle ages when feudalism was all the rage.

  • Stuart

    Secede, yes! Let the rest of us live in sanity.

    • Independent1

      And far less drain on Washington’s tax dollars. it’s the southern states that would want to secede which are sucking the most money from Washington to support their high rates of poverty and low income levels. Most all the southern states suck more than $1.50 from Washington for every $1 they send to Washington in tax revenue.

      • Jambi

        Exactly!…Let these seceding “Rebels” see how long their states would last without Washington’s $…Military Installations are a BIG part of the “Southern” economy…If these forts, air force bases, and naval ports receive no funding, that’s a big hurt for them…defend yourselves “Dixie” (not to mention “defending” your borders)…There’s more…NASA, Bell Hellicopter, and several other defense industry contractors…Their poor schools would get “poorer”…
        See if England, France, or some other European or Asian country would trade with them (or even recognize them)…

        • Independent1

          One of the problems is, that in the majority of red states, many of the people who support the GOP live in backwoods, rural areas and effectively “live in their own little worlds”, totally oblivious to the 21st century that’s evolved around them. Many don’t get more than 20-30 miles from home in their lifetimes. They have no comprehension of “how 3rd world” the Republicans governing their states are keeping them.

    • stcroixcarp

      But when they do secede we will take our military bases and federal money with us, and we will secure our borders with a 20′ high electric fence, and require passports and visas to visit the US. And yes the US should put a trade embargo and economic sanctions on Ol’ Miss.

      • Allan Richardson

        Would the reduced US have room to provide political asylum for the millions of newly Confederatized citizens who do NOT go along with their “gospel” of white supremacy? Would the new Confederate government ALLOW us to escape, or would it be like anti-Communists trying to leave Cuba? And as for my African-American brothers and sisters, would THEY be allowed to escape, or just be arrested as “runaway slaves” and sold to the highest bidders?

        • stcroixcarp

          How about having a two year window where anyone who wants to flee the confederacy could leave and all who want to live there can move there.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    This does not surprise me in the least and I continue to believe as I have for some time that we are slowly but surely heading toward a second civil war when the Tea Party/militia/gun nut element take out their huge armory of NRA-sanctioned weaponry and revolt. It may not happen soon but it is more likely than not to happen. When it does the good result will be the physical destruction of the seditionists and traitors which wasn’t done in Reconstruction. They love bullets..they’ll get bullets. As for Mississippi it and Chris McDaniel are what they’ve always been..the majority of its white inhabitants remain nostalgic racists, white supremacists and segregationists. Everyone who’s honest knows this.

  • howa4x

    This is the height of irony and stupidly, but again we are talking about one of the scholastically dumbest states in the country. Mississippi’s budget is funded by the federal government to the tune of 70-80%. If the tea party there wants to secede then start by taking less money from the feds. I hope they do it. We can save billions by them leaving. Oh I can only pray for the day it happens. In fact I think all the racists in this country should move to the deep south and then they can all leave, at once.

  • CPAinNewYork

    Only thirty-seven percent? I’m surprised that the percentage is so low. Those ignorant rednecks are stupid enough to recreate the Civil War.

  • stcroixcarp

    I’m shocked. Only 37% of Mississippi republicans would favor the confederacy? The poll must be wrong. I would have guessed 90-95%.

  • Guest

    Silly conservatives always on the wrong side of history these Republikkkunts are traitors

  • David P. Turnbole

    The first Civil War was fought to protect the property of the rich land owners, slaves and the entire lifestyle created by the slave industry. Now the ignorant want to secede from the Union to retain a simple article of that slave trade. Beatings, hangings, raping the women and other crimes against society without having to deal with repercussions from their racist actions.

  • Sand_Cat

    What a surprise! You take the state that has persistently battled for last place in funds devoted to education nationwide, one populated by bigots and morons (yes, I know there are some good people almost everywhere), and are surprised to discover they favor racism to the point of supporting treason to promote and extend it.

  • Budjob

    Mississpissy,where poverty eclipses racism but not by much!

  • herchato

    The GOP remain in the grip of some old confederate believers that won’t let go of the past.

  • RobertCHastings

    This was unexpected? The poll DID indicate that among voters overall, the support for secession OR for a second Civil War was much lower. The fact that we almost daily hear of cases of the flying of the rebel flag from public buildings or from the back of pickups should not surprise any of us with the results of this poll.