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One-in-Four Say States Should Have The Right To Secede

Last week, the founders of “New California” read their Declaration of Independence in a hopeful step toward eventual statehood. A quarter of Americans think sections of states should have the right to secede and form a new state, but while nearly one-third thinks we’ll be seeing more states breaking up in the future, it doesn’t mean they think it will be good for the United States.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 26% of American Adults think sections of individual states have the right to secede and form a new state. Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and don’t think states should have that right. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 18 and 21, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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