68% of Americans are open to the idea of Peaceful Secession

In a 2017 Zogby poll, the latest polling available for public support for secession, they found that 68% of Americans were supportive of, or open to the idea of a states right to peaceful independence from the US federal government. 

In the latest polling on American support for independence, conducted in 2017, Zogby Strategies conducted a “nationwide poll of 800 likely voters” on the topic were in favor of, or open to, the idea of a states rights to removing themselves from the federal government. This shift in public sentiment is huge, and only increasing as the country splits into hyper partisanship. The polling found that "While division between both political parties has been accepted as a norm for decades, we have witnessed a level of intensity in 2017 that has dwarfed anything remotely similar in recent American history. While it appears to be boiling over, perhaps many are ready to set aside their differences in a way reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence."

They asked respondents to pick one of two statements as closer to their own beliefs on the subject. The first statement said, “If a majority of residents within a given state prefer to have the final say over their destiny without the control of Washington D.C. then let them have it – it is their right,” basically that a people has a right to self-determination, period. The second statement said, “If residents within a given state were to take such a drastic measure and secede from the United States, the federal government would be justified in sending in the military to prevent secession from taking place,” affirming the federal government as justified in wiping the floor with any that quit the federal system. Those that agree with the latter statement are 1/3 (32%), but remarkably, “nearly four in ten (39%) agree that each state has the ultimate say over their destiny and that secession is a right.” with a remaining 29% were undecided. But, to put it another way, 68% of likely American voters are open to the idea of secession from the United States… This isn’t just huge, it’s a game changer!

A couple of other interesting trends revealed themselves as well, the first being that the younger you are, the more open you are to the idea of independence. The most clearly in favor, were the 18-29 age range supporting it at 47%. Support dropped with the progression of each age cohort. Those 65+ only find 1 in 3 voters (33%) who agree.

Overall, support for independence also bridged party line, with Democrats supporting secession the most at 41%; independents at 40%; and among Republicans, 38% in open favor. 

What this shows is there is similar agreement across the political spectrum on secession. 

To many, these results may seem a surprise, but Cascadia has been watching this trend for some time and have said so. In a statement, Yes Cascadia said the following:

This polling confirms what we’ve been saying for years. Cascadians and other citizens are reevaluating their relationship with a government several thousand miles away that does not represent the place, the people our the principles that we choose to live with. A peaceful divorce from those currently in Washington DC would lead to greater representation, livability for our region, and a better future for everyone involved. 

The report concluded that the case of independence " is a global issue that has gained traction in the last few years. From Scotland and Catalan, to Venice, France, the UK, and now loud calls can even be heard in California and Texas. The ghosts of Lincoln, (“I must save the Union”) and Jefferson (“A rebellion is necessary every generation”) appear to be roaming the American landscape as a sizeable portion of the public are sympathetic to the cause of Independence from D.C."

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