Trump voters in red states say they’d be ‘better off’ if they seceded from union

Is it possible that a national divorce awaits America? One thing we do know is that a divorce can be an extremely complicated deal and more often than not, it doesn’t happen peacefully.

Yet, with Democrat-run states rolling out one failed policy after another resulting in a state like California losing population for the first time ever since its very existence, Trump voters living in red states want nothing to do with them.

That’s according to a new Yahoo! News/YouGov poll conducted from July 8 to 11, which shows that more Trump voters living in Republican-controlled states said secession would make things better in their states than those who said it would not.

“Do you think your state would be better off or worse off if it left the United States and became an independent country?” the survey asked respondents.

Overall, a plurality of respondents, 43 percent, said they would be “worse off,” with 18 percent saying they’d be “better off.” Another 15 percent said things would be about the same and 24 percent said they were “not sure.”

But when breaking the results down by Trump voters — because that’s what the media does — the numbers show that 33 percent say they would be “better off” if their state seceded from the U.S., with 29 percent saying they would be “worse off.”

“It’s a striking rejection of national unity that dramatizes the growing culture war between Democratic- and Republican-controlled states on core issues such as guns, abortion and democracy itself. And an even larger share of red-state Trump voters say their state as a whole would be better off (35%) rather than worse off (30%) if it left the U.S,” wrote Yahoo News West Coast Correspondent Andrew Romano.

The reporter went on to note that the finding “comes as a series of hard-line conservative decisions by the Supreme Court — coupled with continued gridlock on Capitol Hill — have shifted America’s center of political gravity back to the states, where the parties in power are increasingly filling the federal void with far-reaching reforms of their own.”

It’s questionable what “national unity” exists when the Democratic Party strategy going into the midterms is to paint the opposition party as an extremist organization pushing for violence, with their talking head allies on cable television going so far as to say Republicans are “dangerous to our society.”

While just 17 percent overall want to dissolve the union, Romano noted that a previous Yahoo News/YouGov poll found a majority of Republicans [52 percent] did predict “there will be a civil war in the United States in [their] lifetime.”

Given how polarizing politics have become in America, and the accompanying vitriol level, the odds are two separate countries, one consisting of ‘blue states’ run by Democrats and one consisting of ‘red states’ run by Republicans,” sharing borders would forever be at war with one another.


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