“Poll: 24 Percent of Americans Believe States Have a Right to Secede”
Up 10% in two years — and yet still 76% too low, if you ask me.
But then, I’m one of them fringe types who doesn’t like to feel trapped in perpetuity by a central government that can control me simply by conning and/or bribing 50.1% of the population (or getting just enough electoral votes, whichever obtains).
The latest poll is just one of many that shows that Americans have “serious and growing concern about the federal government,” according to Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports.
According to the phone survey released Sunday, 24 percent of Americans believe that states should be able to withdraw from the United States to form their own country, if they want. Nearly 60 percent (59) of Americans say they don’t believe states have the right to secede, while 16 percent are undecided.
“We do see that people are concerned about the federal government in a variety of ways,” Rasmussen told CNSNews.com. “51 percent believe that it’s a threat to individual liberties.
“It may just be part of a growing frustration with other aspects of the federal government,” he said.
“But I think it’s important to keep it in perspective, growing to 24 percent still means that only one out of four Americans think that states have the right to secede, it’s not that they’re advocating for it,” Rasmussen said.
Though a minority, the number has been growing. In 2010, when Rasmussen first conducted the poll, only 14 percent of Americans said states had the right to secede. A year later, the number was up to 21 percent.
The poll, which surveyed 1,000 adults between May 29 and 30, asked, among other questions: “Do individual states have the right to leave the United States and form an independent country?”
Only 10 percent of poll respondents said it was likely a state would attempt to secede in the next 25 years — “a pretty generous time frame,” Rasmussen said. “So it’s not seen as a very realistic possibility,” he added.
The survey also asked whether the federal government is a protector or a threat to individual rights, to which a majority — 51 percent — said the government presents a danger to liberty.
– All of which means that 49% don’t believe that a government that can fly drones over your farm checking for cow flatulence or prevent you from building a house on your own property if that property is also shared on occasion by some puddles or some silverfish, eg., isn’t a danger to liberty.
And frankly, that’s just fucking scary.