Support for an Independent South Among Contemporary White Southerners

William P. McLean, Tom W. Rice
2004 American Review of Politics  
<span style="font-size: 100%; font-family: Arial; color: #000000;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;In this brief paper we explore the extent to which contemporary white Southerners favor an independent South. Using recent data from the University of North Carolina\u2019s Southern Focus Poll we show that ten percent of white Southerners think that the South would be better off as an independent nation. Given that there are 70 million whites in the South today, this means
more » ... today, this means that the region is home to about seven million people who support, at least to some degree, Southern independence. Compared to other Southern whites, these separatists tend to be less educated, less well off financially, younger, and more rural. They also tend to be more conservative racially and morally, more sympathetic toward the Confederacy, and more likely to feel that Northerners have contempt for Southerners. We speculate on the potential influence of these Southern nationalists.&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:2111744,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;14&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0},&quot;15&quot;:&quot;arial,sans,sans-serif&quot;,&quot;16&quot;:10,&quot;24&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:0,&quot;2&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:0,&quot;4&quot;:3}}">In this brief paper we explore the extent to which contemporary white Southerners favor an independent South. Using recent data from the University of North Carolina's Southern Focus Poll we show that ten percent of white Southerners think that the South would be better off as an independent nation. Given that there are 70 million whites in the South today, this means that the region is home to about seven million people who support, at least to some degree, Southern independence. Compared to other Southern whites, these separatists tend to be less educated, less well off financially, younger, and more rural. They also tend to be more conservative racially and morally, more sympathetic toward the Confederacy, and more likely to feel that Northerners have contempt for Southerners. We speculate on the potential influence of these Southern nationalists.</span>
doi:10.15763/issn.2374-7781.2003.24.0.307-320 fatcat:itn6ail3fncavatrichym5ykqm