Why is the South so different from the rest of America when it comes to politics?
As we see HERE, attitudes about President Obama, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, respectively, are far different in the Northeast, Midwest and West from those in the South.
Among Southerners, for example, Obama is viewed favorably by only 27 percent, while 68 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. But among Americans in the rest of the country, the numbers are almost exactly the opposite — 67 percent favorable and 24 percent unfavorable.
The regional differences are a little less dramatic with respect to feelings about the Democratic and Republican parties, but they’re still significant.
Why is this? What is it about Southerners that places them so far outside the American mainstream? Is it a matter of persistent Confederate sympathies? Is it plain and simple racism?
And what does the future hold for a Republican Party that has its only regional stronghold in the South?