Supporters of former president believe they’d be ‘better off’ if GOP-led states secede from US, Yahoo/YouGov survey finds
Many residents of Republican-controlled states who voted for then-President Donald Trump in 2020 think they would be “better” whether their state seceded from the United States, a new poll has revealed.
About 33% of Trump voters in so-called red states say they would personally fare better if their state “became an independent country”, according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll released Friday. This compares to 29% who believe they would be “worse off” after secession. The remaining 38% are either uncertain or see themselves out of it “about the same” in a newly independent state.
The margin was similar when Americans were asked how their state as a whole would fare after secession, with 35% of Trump voters speculating it would be better versus 30% saying it would be worse.
The poll marks the latest illustration of the growing political polarization and cultural divide in American life. Half of Americans believe there will be another American Civil War in their lifetime and the country will cease to be a democracy at some point, a Yahoo/YouGov poll found in June.
The rift widened further with the US Supreme Court’s ruling last month that abortion is not a protected constitutional right, leaving the highly contentious issue for state lawmakers to decide. About half of states have already banned abortion or are expected to impose new restrictions on the procedure in the coming weeks.
About 92% of voters in Trump’s red state trust their state government more than the federal government “the best available” the last survey found. Eight out of 10 Blue State residents who voted for President Joe Biden in 2020 trust their government more than Washington.
Only 15% of respondents believe that the United States is “Generally headed in the right direction” compared to 72% who say it is “on the wrong track” the poll showed. Only 27% believe Biden is “up to the challenges facing the United States”, against 56% who say it is not.
Americans also have a gloomy view of the future, with 46% saying the next generation will be ” worse “ and only 25% say it will be “better”. Similarly, 37% of voters think America’s best days are “behind us,” compared to 31% who say these days are “yet to come.”
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Neither Trump nor Biden are seen as the solution. Only 28% of respondents say Trump should run for president again in 2024, while 18% say Biden should seek re-election.