Nine percent (9%) of voters nationwide believe it would make sense for the United States to be split into two or three separate countries. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 78% reject that idea and another 13% are not sure.
The idea of splitting the U.S. is periodically suggested in discussions of our toxic political atmosphere. However, there is very little support for the idea. One reason may be that voters recognize there is more to the nation than our dysfunctional political system. Most recognize that politics does not and should not play the lead role in society. Sixty-five percent (65%) recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of politics.
So, despite political differences, only 9% want their state to secede from the country. And, most Americans aren’t sure they should be allowed to leave. If a majority of the voters in a state want their state to secede, only 32% of voters think they should be allowed to do so. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree and 29% are not sure.
Still, 31% believe it’s at least somewhat likely that some states will leave the union over the next 50 years. A slightly larger number–38%–believe we might add a few new states.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results for the full sample have a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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