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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with David Pryor, June 13, 1974. Interview A-0038. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Independence of Arkansas voters

Pryor describes Arkansas voters as proudly independent and asserts that the population is moderate and populist rather than conservative or liberal.

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Oral History Interview with David Pryor, June 13, 1974. Interview A-0038. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JACK BASS:
What is the state of Arkansas politics, right now?
DAVID PRYOR:
What is it? It's neither fish nor fowl. It's almost like it was in 1968 when we voted for Rockefeller, Wallace and Fulbright. It is ferociously independent and very proud of its independence. It's very proud of its new independence. As a state and as a voting population. It's very proud. It's kind of like shackles have been taken off of it, us in the last decade. It's almost like we're voting for the first time.
WALTER DE VRIES:
[Unclear.]
DAVID PRYOR:
I would say it's basically moderate. It's possibly populistic. It's neither liberal nor conservative, but I would say moderate with a lot of populism. But no big transitions in the last three or four or five years.