A recent poll on support for seceding from the U.S. is a tale of two coasts.
The poll, released by Bright Line Watch last week, showed 66% of Republicans in the South supported leaving the U.S. and forming a new country. Those sentiments were shared by 50% of independents and 20% of Democrats.
Overall, support for leaving the Union among Southern states — listed as Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina — was 44%.
On the other coast, the highest level of support for seceding from the U.S. was in the western U.S., where 47% of Democrats backed secession, compared to 33% of independents and 27% of Republicans. Overall, the Pacific area — including Alaska, California, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington state — was at 39%.
Secession support in the Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia) was 34% compared to the Mountain area (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico) at 32% and the Heartland (Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska) at 30%.
The results should be considered carefully, however, as pollsters warned “this survey item reflects initial reactions by respondents about an issue that they are very unlikely to have considered carefully.
“Secession is a genuinely radical proposition and expressions of support in a survey may map only loosely onto willingness to act toward that end. We include the question because it taps into respondents’ commitments to the American political system at the highest level and with reference to a concrete alternative (regional unions),” pollsters said.
The poll was conducted between June 26-July 2 in conjunction with polling firm YouGov.
The poll surveyed 2,750 adults.
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