The Effects of Race, Economics, and Millennials on Voting Patterns in Mississippi

Davis, Katelin (2017) The Effects of Race, Economics, and Millennials on Voting Patterns in Mississippi. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Marvin King from Political Science, University of Mississippi.


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This thesis applies Bill Bishop’s Big Sort theory to sixteen Mississippi counties. The goal is to determine whether Bishop’s theory is applicable to Southern states like Mississippi. Based on Mississippi’s unique political history, background on the Deep South’s move from Solid Democrat to Solid Republican is included. Research necessary to understand the implications of the data including education, poverty, population density, religion, and race are also included. The Mississippi county data is sourced from Presidential voting records from 2004 and 2008, the United States Census Bureau, and the Association of Religion Data Archives. Using 16 Mississippi counties as a testing group, binary correlations and linear regression patterns show that while Bishop’s argument might be applicable in metropolitan areas, the older stories of race, economics, and age matter most in a rural state like Mississippi.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Davis, Katelin
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Journalism
Thesis Advisor: Marvin King
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Katelin Katelin Davis
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 16:14
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 16:14

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