Two in three Republicans in the South support SECEDING from the US while almost half of Democrats out West say the same, survey finds
A whopping two-thirds of Republicans in the South favor seceding from the United States while nearly half of Democrats in the Pacific region and almost 40 percent in the Northeast say the same, according to a new survey.
Support for secession is also considerable among independents in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, where 43 percent say they would favor breaking away and forming their own country.
Half of independents in the South also favor secession while 43 percent of Republicans in the Rocky Mountain states share the same view.
The survey, which was conducted by Bright Line Watch, polled 2,750 respondents. The figures were published in the June 2021 edition of the Bright Line Watch Survey Wave 15 Dataset.
Overall, support for secession was highest in the South, where 44 percent said they favored breaking away from the Union.
In the Northeast, about one in three (34 percent) favored secession. Nearly the same percentage of respondents – 32 percent – in the Mountain region favored secession.
Thirty percent of those surveyed from the Heartland also backed the idea, while 39 percent of those in the Pacific states said they, too, supported it.
The survey from June found that there was an increase across the board in the number of Americans who supported the idea of secession.
In January, just after President Joe Biden was sworn in, Bright Line Watch conducted a similar survey asking the same question.
To the west, the Heartland region would encompass Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.
The largest territory would be the South, which would stretch from Virginia in the northeast toward Texas. It would also encompass all of the states whose coastlines hug the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mountain states would encompass Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
The Pacific region would include Oregon, Washington State, California, Alaska, and Hawaii.
The findings reflect just how politically polarized the country is – a trend that began in the 1990s and accelerated in recent years with the election of Donald Trump as president.
Though Biden took office vowing to heal the nation’s divisions, surveys appear to show the country just as divided as before.
In the last year, Republican lawmakers in Texas, Wyoming, Florida, Mississippi, and Michigan have raised the possibility of seceding from the Union.
When Trump was president, a survey of Democrat-leaning California found that 44 percent of those in the Golden State supported secession.
The last time a group of states tried to secede from the Union was more than 150 years ago – an event that triggered the American Civil War.
The issues leading up to the Civil War were complex, and many people in the North and South in 1861 viewed the conflict as inevitable.
In the South, slave labor was the foundation of an economy based on the cotton produced by plantations and farms.