A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports released Thursday found that 17 percent of Americans would vote to have their state secede from the union. Among those 17 percent of Americans is 24 percent of Americans making less than $30,000 annually and 31 percent of people who consider themselves to be entrepreneurs.
Moreover, 22 percent of Americans believe that sections of states have the right to form their own state, while 21 percent of Americans think that sections of states have the right to form their own state within the U.S.
The release of these findings occurred consecutively with the news that two northern California counties have voted to secede from the Golden State and form their own state. According to The Daily Caller, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors recently voted to join neighboring Siskiyou County in its efforts to recreate the State of Jefferson.
“I put the measure on the agenda because I heard from a number of people in my district that wanted to do such,” Modoc County Board Chairman Geri Byrne said, according to the DC. “We’re not saying we’re seceding today, we’re saying let’s look into it.”
“We are delighted to have Modoc County join Siskiyou in seeking to establish the formation of a new state,” Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong added. “Modoc County has validated our belief that the current state of California is ungovernable and its policies are unrepresentative of the needs and values of Northern California communities.”
The counties launched their secession bid because they feel that the state government in Sacramento isn’t listening to their needs, instead siding with the desires of the state’s urban counties over them. It doesn’t help either that large parts of the two counties are owned by the federal government, further restricting how much control they have over what goes on.
Several counties in northern California and southern Oregon considering seceding and forming the State of Jefferson shortly before World War II broke out, but the effort died shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
California isn’t the only state where residents are talking about adding states to the union. Several counties in northern Colorado plan to vote on secession from the Centennial State in November over the state’s new environmental and gun control laws, while residents of several counties in western Maryland are considering breaking away from the existing Old Line State as well.
Regardless, any secession movement would have to be approved by both the state government and the federal government, as outlined in the United States Constitution. Only four states – Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee and West Virginia – were formed through the secession process, the last of which (West Virginia) taking place 150 years ago.
Rasmussen Reports conducted a telephone study of 1,000 adults from September 23-24, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.