The Politics of Unreason: Right Wing Extremism in America, 1790-1970

By Seymour Martin Lipset; Earl Raab | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 10
George Wallace: The Election and the Electorate

The Election Day results confirmed the basic predictions of the opinion polls: George Wallace secured almost 10,000,000 votes, or about 13.5 per cent of the total voting electorate. He captured five states with forty-five electoral votes. All of them were in the Deep South. With one exception, these were the same states won by Barry Goldwater in 1964. Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana voted for Goldwater and Wallace. Wallace also carried Arkansas, which went to Lyndon Johnson four years earlier, and lost two states, carried by Goldwater: South Carolina, the home state of Nixon's southern leader, the 1948 Dixiecrat candidate, Strom Thurmond; and Arizona, Goldwater's home state. The breakdown of Wallace strength by region is reported in Table 52.

Since the support for Wallace seemingly declined considerably between early October and Election Day, falling from about 21 per cent to 13 per cent, an analysis of his actual polling strength is obviously important. Fortunately, the Gallup poll conducted a national survey immediately after the election in which it inquired both how respondents voted and whether they had supported another candidate earlier in the campaign. The data of this survey were made available by the Gallup poll for our analysis. They are particularly useful, since it would appear that most voters who had supported Wallace, but shifted to another candidate, did report this fact to Gallup interviewers. Among white respondents, 13 per cent indicated they had voted for Wallace, while another 9 per cent stated that they had been for him at an earlier stage in the campaign. The results are presented in Table 53.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xv
  • Notes xxiii
  • Chapter 1 Political Extremism 3
  • Notes 31
  • Chapter 2 Before the Civil War 34
  • Notes 67
  • Chapter 3 the Protestant Crusades from the Civil War to World War I 72
  • Notes 104
  • Chapter 4 the Bigoted Twenties 110
  • Notes 145
  • Chapter 5 the 1930's: Extremism of the Depression 150
  • Notes 202
  • Chapter 6 the 1950's: Mccarthyism 209
  • Notes 245
  • Chapter 7 the Era of the John Birch Society 248
  • Notes 282
  • Chapter 8 the Birch Society and Its Contemporaries: Social Base 288
  • Notes 333
  • Chapter 9 George Wallace and the New Nativism 338
  • Notes 373
  • Chapter 10 George Wallace: the Election and the Electorate 378
  • Notes 424
  • Chapter 11 Extremists and Extremism 428
  • Notes 482
  • Chapter 12 Political Extremism: Past and Future 484
  • Notes 515
  • Methodological Appendix to Chapter 11 517
  • Notes 522
  • General Index 525
  • Index of Proper Names 537
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