A MAJORITY of Republicans in the South support breaking away from the United States and forming their own country, a survey has found.
A staggering 66 percent of self-identified GOP voters across 13 Southern states, including Texas and Florida, are in favor of seceding from the union, according to a poll released on Wednesday by Bright Line Watch.
Sixty-six Southern Republicans support withdrawing from the UnionCredit: AP
The results from Bright Line Watch’s poll is seen aboveCredit: Brightlinewatch
The idea proved popular among independents in the South too, with half voicing support for secession.
Southern Democrats, meanwhile, were majorly opposed, with only 20 percent saying they were on board.
But Democrats in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, support for forming a breakaway country reached 47 percent.
One-third of West Coast independents (33%) were also in favor of secession, along with 27 percent of West Coast Republicans.
Support in the Northeast was more scarce, with just 34 percent of all voters survey saying they wanted to form their own nation with surrounding states.
Support was highest among Northeast Democrats (39%), followed by Independents (35%), and then Republicans (26%).
The results marked an uptick from an identical poll in February, shortly after Biden took officeCredit: Reuters
In the Heartland, 30 percent voiced support for the idea with independents leading to the charge in a narrow minority of 43 percent.
Only 19 percent of Democrats in the region supported the idea, while 34 percent of Republicans voiced their support.
And in the Midwest, 32 percent of all respondents said they wanted to form their own nation. That included 43 percent of Republicans, 35 percent of Independents, and just 17 percent of Democrats.
Support for secession has increased significantly across the board since the same question was asked by Bright Line Watch in an identical February poll, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office.
In that poll, only 50 percent of Southern Republicans said they wanted to withdraw from the US – 16 percent less than those who do now.
West Coast Democrats were also six percent less supportive of the idea, with 41 percent saying in February that they wanted to leave the union.
In the Heartland, less than one in four supported seceding. In the Midwest, 28 percent said the same and in the Pacific, just one in three Americans backed the idea.
Democrats in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, support for forming a breakaway country reached 47 percentCredit: AFP
Data analyst Christopher Ingraham described the poll results as the “most disturbing data point I’ve seen in a while” in a post on Twitter.
In a subsequent article in his Substack newsletter, Ingraham noted that those expressing support for secession may be expressing support to indicate partisan loyalties, rather than supporting another Civil War.
“It probably makes sense to read these results more as statements of political identity (e.g., ‘I’m a proud Southerner and I don’t like Joe Biden!’) than as signs of actual intent,” Ingraham wrote.
“Nevertheless, the sheer number of Americans — particularly Republicans and Independents in the South — willing to turn ‘blow the whole thing up’ into a signal of partisan loyalty is troubling,” he added.
The poll was conducted by Bright Line Watch between June 26 and July 2, and surveyed 2,750 US adults.
A sample of 327 political science experts also participated in the poll. A margin of error was not listed.
The political science experts who responded to the poll were asked to rate several political events on the normality and importance of each event.
Multiple events related to former President Donald Trump’s repeated false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election were rated both “abnormal” and “important” or “mostly important.”
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