ATTITUDES ABOUT HERITAGE TOURISM
IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
 

by Alan W. Barton, Ph.D.
 

From the 2005 Delta Rural Poll
Conducted January-February 2005


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Questions addressed here:

Do Mississippi Delta residents think their children know about local cultural and natural heritage?
Do they believe it is important for their children to know about local cultural and natural heritage?
Would Mississippi Delta residents like to have tourists visit various types of heritage tourism sites in their communities?



Perceptions and Attitudes of
Residents of Eleven Mississippi Delta Counties

Regarding the Region's Cultural and Natural History

(Percent)

 

Respondent Characteristics

Response
Category 

Cultural History Natural History
Children in the Community Understand the Delta's Cultural History It is Important for Children in the Community to Understand the Delta's Cultural History Children in the Community Understand the Delta's Natural History It is Important for Children in the Community to Understand the Delta's Natural History

All Respondents

 

29.4 95.2 41.2 96.0

Age

18 34

26.8 97.7 43.2 99.1

35 54

27.7 94.1 35.6 96.5

55 and Older

33.2 94.5 46.6 93.7

 Significance

***

 

***

**

Gender

Male

29.3 96.1 38.6 95.9

Female

29.7 94.3 43.2 96.1

 Significance

       

Race

White

33.3 93.9 42.2 96.4

Black

26.9 96.2 40.3 95.8

  Significance

*** ** *  

Educational

Attainment

H.S. Diploma
or Less

33.4 94.7 46.8 94.9

Some College

25.4 95.5 35.7 96.9

  Significance

***

 

***

 

Annual
Income

Less Than $30,000

27.9 96.0 42.1 96.2

$30,000 to $60,000

26.5 96.2 35.8 98.1

More Than $60,000

23.6 97.2 32.1 97.2

  Significance

       

Population of Nearest Community

Rural
 (< 10,000)

34.7 95.9 47.4 94.9

Micropolitan
 (≥ 10,000)

33.2 94.7 38.2 96.9

  Significance

 **

 

 ***

 

Significance:  * p ≤ 0.10          ** p ≤ 0.05          *** p ≤ 0.01


 

Support in Eleven Mississippi Delta Counties for Tourists Visiting
Cultural Heritage Sites in the Respondent's Community

(Percent)

 

Respondent

Characteristics

Response

Category

Cultural Heritage Sites

Blues Club

or Festival

Blues Museum

or Other Site

Juke Joint

Literary Museum

or Site

All Respondents

 

71.6 78.3 27.9 82.7

Age

18 34

83.1 88.3 39.8 87.9

35 54

73.7 82.2 29.3 83.0

55 and Older

63.3 68.2 20.3 80.0

  Significance

***

***

***

***

Gender

Male

76.7 81.3 37.2 83.3

Female

67.4 75.5 19.8 82.2

  Significance

***

* ***  

Race

White

76.9 80.3 30.0 85.0

Black

68.6 77.1 25.7 81.7

  Significance

***   **  

Educational

Attainment

H.S. Diploma
or Less

65.8 71.8 23.8 78.1

Some College

77.6 84.7 31.9 87.2

  Significance

*** *** *** ***

Annual
Income

Less Than $30,000

68.4 75.1 26.6 80.4

$30,000 to $60,000

70.6 85.4 26.2 88.2

More Than $60,000

85.8 88.8 45.2 88.7

  Significance

*** *** *** *

Population of Nearest Community

Rural
(< 10,000)

73.6 81.3 25.3 86.7

Micropolitan
 (≥ 10,000)

73.8 81.0 30.1 86.0

  Significance

  *    

Significance:  * p ≤ 0.10          ** p ≤ 0.05          *** p ≤ 0.01


 

Support in Eleven Mississippi Delta Counties for Tourists
Visiting Historical Sites in the Respondent's Community

(Percent)

 

Respondent

Characteristics

Response

Category

Historical Sites

Civil Rights
Museum or Site

Historic Church

Historic Cemetery

All Respondents

 

85.6 79.2 78.6

Age

18 34

93.5 82.6 85.4

35 54

88.3 81.2 76.9

55 and Older

78.8 75.6 77.0

  Significance

***

**

***

Gender

Male

86.8. 78.7 79.8

Female

84.7. 79.6 77.4

  Significance

     

Race

White

76.9 79.4 83.9

Black

90.8 79.1 75.5

  Significance

*** * ***

Educational

Attainment

H.S. Diploma
or Less

82.3 73.6 75.0

Some College

89.3 84.7 82.7

  Significance

*** *** **

Annual
Income

Less Than $30,000

86.9 78.1 77.1

$30,000 to $60,000

85.8 84.0 78.7

More Than $60,000

84.9 89.6 87.7

  Significance

  ***  
Population of Nearest Community

Rural
(< 10,000)

86.7 81.6 84.2

Micropolitan
 (≥ 10,000)

87.3 81.4 80.3

  Significance

     


Significance:  * p ≤ 0.10          ** p ≤ 0.05          *** p ≤ 0.01



Support in Eleven Mississippi Delta Counties for Tourists Visiting
Natural Heritage Sites in the Respondent's Community

(Percent)

 

Respondent

Characteristics

Response

Category

Natural Heritage Sites

Agricultural
History Site

Mississippi
River Site

Private
Hunting
Club

State/National Park, Forest or Refuge

All Respondents

 

88.4 86.7 50.3 88.1

Age

18 34

91.6 87.7 55.9 90.1

35 54

87.8 88.3 45.4 90.6

55 and Older

87.4 84.9 54.0 84.8

  Significance

***

***

***

***

Gender

Male

88.5 87.0 52.8 89.1

Female

88.3 86.5 48.6 87.2

  Significance

       

Race

White

91.1 91.4 65.8 90.0

Black

86.9 83.8 41.1 87.1

  Significance

** *** ***  

Educational

Attainment

H.S. Diploma
or Less

85.7 83.4 45.0 85.7

Some College

91.3 90.1 56.1 90.9

  Significance

*** *** *** ***

Annual
Income

Less Than $30,000

86.9 85.5 48.1 86.9

$30,000 to $60,000

93.4 91.5 50.0 92.5

More Than $60,000

91.5 89.7 72.4 96.2

  Significance

*   *** **
Population of Nearest Community

Rural
(< 10,000)

90.3 89.8 53.4 91.7

Micropolitan
 (≥ 10,000)

90.5 90.3 54.6 91.4

  Significance

    *  

Significance:  * p ≤ 0.10          ** p ≤ 0.05          *** p ≤ 0.01
 

 


Notes:


Data for the 2005 Delta Rural Poll were collected in January and February, 2005. A total of 1,009 randomly selected Delta residents completed the questionnaire. The Delta Rural Poll surveyed residents of eleven counties in northwestern Mississippi:  Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica and Washington.  Surveys were conducted by telephone and respondents were selected using random digit dialing techniques.  Responses were weighted using the 2000 U.S. Census as a baseline, to account for skewed gender and race characteristics.

Annual Income is total household income from all sources for 2004.
Race is self-reported; less that 1% of respondents indicated a race other than White/Caucasian or Black/African American.
A Χ test of significance was used to determine statistical significance.