Symbolic racism in the 1995 Louisiana gubernatorial election

Citation
J. Knuckey et Bd. Orey, Symbolic racism in the 1995 Louisiana gubernatorial election, SOC SCI Q, 81(4), 2000, pp. 1027-1035
Citations number
21
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
81
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
1027 - 1035
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200012)81:4<1027:SRIT1L>2.0.ZU;2-D
Abstract
Objective. In this paper we explore the effects of symbolic racism on the i ntended vote choice of whites by examining a white-on-black statewide elect ion. It is argued that symbolic racial attitudes will be activated in a whi te-on-black election simply because of the mere presence of a black candida te. Methods. The white prospective vote for a white racially conservative c andidate is examined using survey data from the 1995 Louisiana gubernatoria l runoff conducted by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. Results. Symbolic racism was a strong predictor of intended vote choice, e ven after controlling for partisan identification and self-identified polit ical philosophy. Conclusions. Racial attitudes remain an important predicto r of vote choice in the South, even when racial issues are not directly rai sed in an election campaign. More generally, our findings point to the cont inuing centrality of race and racial attitudes in the South, and specifical ly their role in the increase in Republican voting for subpresidential cont ests in the 1990s.