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Secession Fever! 25% of Republicans Want to Split from US

A quarter of registered Republicans in the country say they want to secede from the United States, a polling company says.
 
 
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A quarter of registered Republicans in the country say they want to secede from the United States, Public Policy Polling (PPP) reports. The polling company posted a Twitter message yesterday that read: “25% of Republicans want their state to secede on account of Obama's reelection.”

That number is the same as last year’s, when Public Policy Polling similarly reported that 25 percent of GOP members wanted secession.

Talk of seceding from the union has grown since President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in November. Secession petitions were submitted by residents of all 50 states using the White House’s petition project on their website. While hundreds of thousands of people signed the petitions, the governors of those states quickly dismissed the idea.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who hails from a state with at least 18 percent support for secession (according to PPP), made clear that secession was not on his agenda. He said he “believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it” in November, as the secession petitions garnered attention.

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

 
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