The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has released a new poll that will spark conversation and controversy. The polling data reveals that 52 percent of 2020 Trump voters and 41 percent of 2020 Biden voters either “somewhat” or “strongly” agree that they favor allowing either “Blue” or “Red” states to secede, paving the way for the formation of a new country separate from the remainder of the U.S.
The poll featured a modest sample size of roughly 1,000 respondents from each demographic, and voting was open from July 22 to August 4. The poll was conducted online. The sentiment expressed in the small survey certainly seems consistent with opinions expressed on social media since the beginning of the Biden administration.
The poll also showed that upwards of 60 percent of both groups of voters feel that America is less of the representative democracy it is intended to be and is “rigged for the wealthy.”
Another survey from June by Bright Line Watch questioned 2,750 respondents and found that two-thirds of Republicans in southern states favor secession from the U.S. and 40 percent of West Coast and Northeastern Democrats in favor of leaving the union. Independent voters in the MIdwest favored dropping out of the U.S. by 43 percent, as did 50 percent in the South.
The survey concluded that “hardball tactics” like threats of packing the Supreme Court, adding new states or making D.C. a state, and abolishing the filibuster rule in the Senate have very little support among the public. Despite that, it appears that these tactics have primarily gone unpunished by voters.
The country’s division has seemed to grow significantly since the beginning of the Biden administration, mainly as stringent COVID restrictions and vaccine mandates have further divided the population. People devoted to personal freedom and responsibility find their differences with those dedicated to every government restriction promoting “public safety” more impossible to reconcile.