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Southern Primary and General Election Data, 1946-1972 (ICPSR 72) RSS

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This study constitutes a continuation of the effort to gather information on the southern electoral process (see also SOUTHERN PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION DATA, 1920-1949 [ICPSR 0071]). The data consist of county-level returns for selected primary and general elections contested in 11 southern states (Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee) from 1944-1972. Data are provided for raw vote totals for candidates in presidential, gubernatorial, and senatorial elections, as well as for selected popular referenda returns in this period. In addition, there are variables that describe the demographic and geographic nature of each county included in this study.

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WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Virginia, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS2:  Alabama, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS3:  Arkansas, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS4:  Florida, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS5:  Georgia, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS6:  Louisiana, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS7:  Mississippi, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS8:  North Carolina, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS9:  South Carolina, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS10:  Texas, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS11:  Tennessee, 1944-1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)

Study Description


Bartley, Numan V., and Hugh D. Graham. Southern Primary and General Election Data, 1946-1972 [Computer File]. ICPSR00072-v1. Ann Arbor,MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00072.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   candidates, counties, demographic characteristics, election returns, elections, gubernatorial elections, national elections, political attitudes, political parties, presidential elections, primaries, state elections, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Virginia

Time Period:  

  • 1944--1972

Universe:   Counties in 11 southern states of the United States in the period 1944-1972.

Data Types:   aggregate data


Data Source:

official sources

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 12 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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