FYI:2001 Flag Vote
Current flag- 494,323 (64.39%)
New flag- 273,359 (35.61%)
You have to go back nearly 50 years to find a vote that lopsided in Mississippi.
Public opinion of the Mississippi state flag — the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem — is shifting, according to a poll conducted last month.
A September survey of Mississippi voters by Jackson-based, Democratic-leaning polling firm Chism Strategies shows that just 49 percent of Mississippians favor the current state flag while 41 percent want to retire it and 10 percent are undecided about the issue.
The percentage of Mississippians who told pollsters they support the flag is down from the 2001 flag referendum vote total, when 64 percent of voters affirmed the current state flag design. That same year, 36 percent of voters favored a new, specific flag design — one that critics at the time said was a political stunt to sway voters from voting against the current design.===
In 2000, 61.4% of the population of Mississippi was white, while 36.3% was of African descent. Although I do not have ready access to sources, I have heard more than once that black voter turnout can be depressed in certain places where black voters feel their vote won't make difference because they will be out-voted by whites. I'll have to research that.
I opened the thread with the story of how, in 2000, two bridges in Richmond, VA, were renamed from Civil War (Confederate) figures to Civil Rights activists by the City Council. That would have been unthinkable decades earlier. But changes in the demographics and politics of the city made for a change that was, in retrospect, as fundamental as it was astounding. In his book, Brudage makes a comment that Capt Obvious would no doubt agree with: "Because power is central to the propagation of a version of history, changes in the relative power that groups enjoy invariably has consequences for what and how they remember." That continues to play out in the South, as in the world.
The poll numbers above indicate that even MS might be changing in its views on this subject. Other states have had a Confederate flag represented in the state flag. Mississippi is the last holdout. We'll see what happens. My own guess is that the flag will change, and I might be alive to see that happen. We'll see. MS being MS, I wouldn't bet on this in Las Vegas, but as they say, stranger things have happened.