Libertarianism

Nearly a Quarter of Americans Support Secession

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Tired of Uncle Sam? You’re not alone. Nearly a quarter of Americans want to part ways with him.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, nearly a quarter (23.9 percent) of Americans said they strongly supported or tended to support the concept of their state seceding. Roughly half (53.3 percent) felt otherwise.

As noted in the report, secession is most popular in the Southwest where around a third (34.1 percent) of Americans support it. It is least popular in New England where just 17.4 percent said they back the idea.

According to Reuters, experts said the Obama administration’s declining approval is part of the issue. They also said interest in the Scottish vote as well as the success of those who claim the government is going beyond its authority, such as those who participated in the standoff in Nevada, are increasing interest in secession. In case you haven’t heard, Scotland chose to remain part of the United Kingdom.

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

Mark Denny, a 59-year-old retiree living in the Dallas, Texas area isn’t thrilled with the federal government either. He said he has “totally, completely lost faith in the federal government, the people running it, whether Republican, Democrat, independent, whatever” and that Texas doesn’t need it.

And 31-year-old Brittany Royal of Wilkesboro, North Carolina blamed Obamacare.

“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,” she told Reuters. “The North Carolina government itself is sustainable. Governor (Pat) McCrory, I think he has a better healthcare plan than President Obama.”

Meanwhile, you may recall that residents of every state petitioned to secede in 2012. So it appears this has been on the minds of many Americans for a while.

What do you think? Do you want your state to secede? What impact would that have on it and the rest of the United States?

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