The WSJ/NBC poll referenced in the previous post contains another bit of interesting information. The pollsters probed for potential novel attributes of Bush's successor that gave the survey participants concern.
Despite all the hoopla that's being made over a prospective black President, the American public is quite comfortable with the idea. It's the well-behaved, innocuous followers of Joseph Smith that get people twisting in their seats. The percentage of people who said that the corresponding attribute for which they either "have some reservations about" or are "very uncomfortable with":
Mormon -- 38%
Oldest ever elected -- 30%
Married to Bill (!) -- 28%
Female -- 23%
Twice divorced -- 21%
Hispanic -- 20%
Black -- 13%
The vast majority of Americans are not irrationally racist. Most are worried about an increase in the number of blacks and Hispanics, but for reasons that are very much factually grounded--higher crime rates, lower earning power and levels of educational attainment, lower literacy and English fluency rates, their roles as vectors of disease, and so on (all on average compared to the current population). Filter the results restrictively enough, and we'll probably even welcome a smurf. This is something that open borders supporters often cannot grasp.
We still judge individuals as individuals. As a nation of European descent, we put a great deal of emphasis on that.