1 in 5 Americans support a national divorce, majority not optimistic about the country’s democracy
Approximately 20% of U.S. citizens – which would represent roughly 66 million people — support the idea of a national divorce, according to a new poll.
A “Two Americas” survey by Ipsos found that 1 in 5 Americans support breaking up the United States into two countries based on political beliefs.
Republicans were more in favor of a national divorce, with 25% of GOP voters wanting to separate, according to the poll of 1,018 American adults. Meanwhile, 20% of independents and 16% of Democrats embrace the national divorce idea.
Men, individuals making $50,000 or less per year, and those living in the South and West were more likely to support a national divorce.
Only 16% of Americans support their state seceding from the U.S. to form or join a new country. There were 47% of poll takers who said they would move out of their state if there was an effort to secede.
There were 64% of Americans who said there is more that divides us than unites us. There were 61% who blamed “political and social elites” for the nation’s polarization, and only 15% who faulted “how ordinary Americans think and behave.”
The survey found that 57% of respondents were not confident at all that Americans would reconcile our difference in the next five years.
The poll revealed that 54% of Americans were not optimistic about the state of our country’s democracy.
Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs, told Axios, “Americans’ deep political fault lines are clear and engrained in our psyche and politics. Talk of national divorce or secession leaves us with a divided nation with little hope of reconciliation.”
Last month, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia caused a stir when she declared that the United States needed a national divorce.
“We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government. 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,” Greene proclaimed.
A poll taken in June 2022 found that 44% of Americans believe the “U.S. seems headed toward a civil war in the near future,” including 53% of Republicans and 39% of Democrats.
Another survey from July 2021 revealed that two-thirds of Republicans in the South and nearly half of Democrats on the West Coast want to secede from the union and form new nations composed of regional states.
A February 2021 poll said that nearly a third of Americans want to break up the United States and create smaller, like-minded countries.