Over half of the people who voted for former President Donald Trump now say they’re ready to secede from the union and that red and blue states should go their own way and no longer be members of the United States.
Mediaite notes that a new poll from the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia shows just how badly divided the country is and suggests the gap will continued to grow:
Significant numbers of both Trump and Biden voters show a willingness to consider violating democratic tendencies and norms if needed to serve their priorities. Roughly 2 in 10 Trump and Biden voters strongly agree it would be better if a “President could take needed actions without being constrained by Congress or courts,” and roughly 4 in 10 (41%) of Biden and half (52%) of Trump voters at least somewhat agree that it’s time to split the country, favoring blue/red states seceding from the union.
That’s not the only disturbing news in the survey. It also shows that many Americans seem to favor an authoritarian leader/president over one elected by democratic means:
Overall, more than two-thirds support — and one-third strongly — emboldening and empowering strong leaders and taking the law into their own hands when it comes to dealing with people or groups they view as dangerous.
And their willingness to consider violating democratic tendencies and norms extends beyond the hypothetical and to a dangerous and alarming finding: Roughly 2 in 10 Trump and Biden voters — or more than 31 million Americans — strongly agree it would be better if a “President could take needed actions without being constrained by Congress or courts”
This poll comes just a few months after a June YouGov survey showed that fully 66% of Republicans in southern states said they were ready to secede from the United States.
While he ran on a platform of being a president for all Americans, it seems that Joe Biden has not yet been able to heal the deep rift that exists in the country. And it doesn’t appear that any current political leader would have any better luck uniting the nation.
The latest fighting between Republicans and Democrats is being played out in Congress, where two spending bills — one for physical infrastructure and the other for expanding human infrastructure such as healthcare and caregiving — is caught up in an acrimonious battle between different factions of both parties.
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