A shocking number of Americans agree with Georgia firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene that the US needs a ‘national divorce’ where red and blue states split into two separate nations.
Twenty percent of US adults — which amounts to some 66 million people — want to call it quits on the 247-year-old union, a poll of some 1,018 US adults carried out by Ipsos last week found.
Republicans are more keen on splitting up the superpower than Democrats — a quarter of GOP voters want to break away and form a right-leaning nation, compared to only 16 percent of Democrats. The fifth of Americans who want to split is far less than is needed to make it politically viable, but nonetheless shows how ever-more conservatives and liberals are fed up with sharing a country with each other.
On President’s Day, the Trump acolyte was decidedly unimpressed with President Joe Biden’s surprise visit to Ukraine, saying in a tweet that it was time for the US to be divided.
‘We need a national divorce,’ the Georgia Republican posted on social media.
‘We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government,’ she insisted. ‘Everyone I talk to says this.’
‘From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the Democrat’s traitorous America Last policies, we are done,’ Taylor Greene insisted of Republican sentiment toward the opposing party.
Ipsos found that support for splitting was higher among men, people who make $50,000 or less each year, and those living in the South and West of the country.
There are no serious proposals in Washington to carve up the country, but secessionist moves in some states have gathered momentum in recent years.
A campaign to have rural eastern Oregon effectively secede from the blue state and join more conservative Idaho has gained traction, with politicians in both states express support for shifting the border. A Texas state lawmaker this month filed a bill to set a referendum for voters to decide whether the state should explore the possibility of seceding from the US — a move known as Texit.