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In the Age of Obama, Nearly a Quarter of Americans Would Like Their State to Secede from US

obama immigration (2)If you don’t like the way your government is operating, the American thing to do is vote the bums out of office, right? Um, wrong, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. A surprising percentage of Americans who are dissatisfied with Washington think perhaps the best response is for their state to secede from the union.

Reuters conducted the poll in the midst of talk in the United Kingdom about Scotland’s secession vote, which ultimately failed. The poll revealed that almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union.

In the poll, conducted between Aug. 23 and Sept. 16, nearly 9,000 Americans across the nation were asked about secession and about 23.9 percent said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away. Another 53.3 percent of the respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

It is a notion that has come up before in states like Texas and Arizona, though most political experts don’t tend to take it seriously. There was a definite and expected partisan skew in the poll responses, with Republicans being more strongly in favor of secession than Democrats. There were also regional differences, as residents of rural Western states were warmer to the idea than Northeasterners.

It’s not hard to imagine where the secession inclinations were coming, with so many Republicans watching the anti-Obama hate screed that airs regularly on right-wing media outlets like Fox News. Republican respondents were clear that it was their feelings about President Barack Obama that inspired their longing to leave the United States.

“I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done,” Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who lives on disability payments, told Reuters. “The state would be better off handling things on its own.”

Mordecai Lee, a professor of governmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, admitted to Reuters that anti-Obama sentiment likely had a lot to do with the poll responses.

“It seems to have heated up, especially since the election of President Obama,” he said of the secessionist movements.

Overall, 29.7 percent of Republicans supported the idea of secession, compared to 21 percent of Democrats.

Brittany Royal, a 31-year-old nurse from Wilkesboro, North Carolina, pointed to Obamacare as her driver.

“That has really hurt a lot of people here, myself included. My insurance went from $40 a week for a family of four up to over $600 a month for a family of four,” said Royal, a Republican. “The North Carolina government itself is sustainable. Governor (Pat) McCrory, I think he has a better health care plan than President Obama.”

In New England, just 17.4 percent of respondents were in favor of secession, while in the Southwest—which includes Texas — the number was a much higher, 34.1 percent.

“Texas has everything we need. We have the manufacturing, we have the oil, and we don’t need them,” Mark Denny, a 59-year-old retiree living outside Dallas on disability payments, said to Reuters.

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7 thoughts on “In the Age of Obama, Nearly a Quarter of Americans Would Like Their State to Secede from US

  1. JO Bankole says:

    Here's a new work of fiction that tells the story about what it might be like if this actually happens. Check out all about it on brownfuturedotcom

  2. Blacks should be the first to get in line for our own independent nation. Shermans Field Oder #15 had established that in 1865 when we aquired land to set up our own communities, or little nation to be about the business of self determination in which whites could not enter. This is what the order dictated. We want this land back, white supremacy will never treat blacks fairly, why continue to stay around them as they continue to kill black men, putting them in prison in large numbers, fail to offer proper education for our children, and taking all the jobs, look at blacks unemployment rate. These folks have started something. America should be happy to give us our land back.

  3. Tee Dub says:

    So, all the years of work to undo segregation, all for what?

  4. Tee Dub says:

    So what you are saying is, in todays society , blacks have unequal access to education and jobs? I will have to disagree with you, there may be racism out there, but it goes both ways. You think a barber shop in harlem is going to hire a white guy? You think a chines food restaurant in new york is going to hire a white guy? You think a jewish bagel shop in manhattan is going to hire a muslim?

  5. So blacks would start to hyperventilate if we were told tomorrow, the US will give us all the land we need to set up our own nation, and we have to leave, so that we can be happy.

  6. Some blacks would start to hyperventilate if the government said it has decided to pay reparations, mostly importantly some of it would be land, and we have to take the deal, and leave US, go and be happy.

  7. JO Bankole says:

    Tee Dub As human beings, as Americans, and as Black Americans, these lyrics pretty much say what I see: "One step forward and two steps back—oh, the tangled webs we weave."

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