The debate renewed recently over the presence of the confederate stars and bars, which is incorporated in the canton of the Mississippi State Flag. When asked, the Governor stated the 2001 state-wide referendum vote should control any present decision on the flag. While reviewing old election results in Rankin County, I happened upon the data from that vote and found it interesting.
In 2001, 34,053 people in Rankin County voted on the flag referendum. Of that total, 25,311, or 74.62% of voters elected to maintain the state flag. Only 8,609 voted to change it to the commission's proposed design. Statewide, the percentage to keep the state flag was 64%.
Only the South Pearson, Whitfield and Mullins precincts had a majority of voters seek to change the flag.
If you are interested in the data, check out the precinct results here.