[guest post by Dana]
Some editors decided that this poll was shocking because a majority of Trump voters polled want to secede from the union. But how is that shocking? It’s pretty much a given considering what we’ve witnessed the past five years. No, there’s nothing shocking about that. Ugly, yes. But not shocking. Similarly, it’s a given that the decision to go with this particular headline was a safe and sure way to grab more hits rather than going with the real shock in the poll: 41% of Democrats polled are in favor of secession:
A shocking new poll from the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia reveals that over half of Trump voters surveyed, and 41% of Biden voters, are in favor of blue and/or red states seceding from the union. Yeah, it’s gotten that bad.
The idea that the nation’s political divide has become so toxic that we should prepare from some sort of “national divorce” has largely been left to clever thought experiments best left for dinner parties and ironically detached columns. However, we’ve now arrived at a point where more than half of Trump voters “somewhat agree” that the time for secession is nigh.
Also what’s particularly revealing about the poll is that the same number of Democrats and Republicans hold the view that a President shouldn’t be hampered by Congress or the Courts to get what they perceive want:
— Majorities — often large majorities — of both Biden and Trump voters express some form of distrust for voters, elected officials, and media sources they associate with the other side. A strong majority of Trump voters see no real difference between Democrats and socialists, and a majority of Biden voters at least somewhat agree that there is no real difference between Republicans and fascists.
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…”
Details: From July 22 to Aug. 4, 2021, Project Home Fire worked with InnovateMR…to capture online responses to more than 300 questions spanning social, political, and psychological topics from 1,001 Donald Trump presidential election voters and 1,011 Joe Biden voters (N=2,012), with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.