11 September 2008

Uh Oh

From yesterday's Los Angelas Times:

"According to a Zogby poll conducted in July, more than 20% of U.S. adults -- one in five, about the same number of American Colonists who supported revolt against England in 1775 -- agreed that "any state or region has the right to peaceably secede from the United States and become an independent republic."

Op-ed piece here.

Here are some additional findings from the poll itself:

"The level of support for the right of secession was consistent in every region in the country, though the percentage was slightly higher in the South (26%) and the East (24%). The figures were also consistent for every age group, but backing was strongest among younger adults, as 40% among those age 18 to 24 and 24% among those age 25 to 34 agreed states and regions have secession rights."

And . . .

"Broken down by race, the highest percentage agreeing with the right to secede was among Hispanics (43%) and African-Americans (40%)."

And . . .

"Politically, liberal thinkers were much more likely to favor the right to secession for states and regions . . ."

I post this because the subject has come up in the current presidential campaign with Sarah Palin being accused of supporting the Alaska Independence Party and Barak Obama supporting Hawaii's right for "self-determination" (secession).

We're living in very strange times.

You can read the details of the poll here.

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