One in four Americans would favour secession of their state

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Almost one out of four Americans is so fed up with Washington that they would favour their state breaking away from the rest of the United States. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 23.9 per cent of Americans polled said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away from the country. About 53 per cent of respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose secession, slightly less than the percentage that kept Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Support for secession cuts across many lines, the poll found, but the West and Southwest, where the vision of rugged individualism still draws praise, seemed more inclined to back separation than the staid New England area. Younger and poorer people were more likely to want to secede. Politically, conservatives and Republicans seem to like the idea of leaving more than Democrats. Among people who said they identified with the Tea Party, supporters of secession were actually in the majority, with 53 per cent.

Before you start thinking that America’s motto needs to change from E pluribus unum to E unum pluribus, consider that the United States has long been a country with sectional, economic, racial and gender divides. Hostilities between the North and South, which grated even during the War of Independence against Britain, culminated in the Civil War, and, some would argue, continue to simmer. The expansion westward meant expanding the range of disputes between a frontier and people back on the East Coast.

The exact wording of the question was, “Do you support or oppose the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of America and the federal government?” Between August 23 and September 16, 8952 were questioned by phone. The poll has a margin of error of 1.2 percentage points.

Source:Los Angeles Times

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