Poll Shows 1 in 3 Americans Support Dividing the United States

New results from a Rasmussen Poll released today show that 34 percent of Americans support the idea of a “national divorce” between red states and blue states.

Rasmussen’s survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on February 21-23, and was spurred by Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has gained national fame for controversial remarks during her tenure, tweeting last month, “We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government”?

Rasmussen’s poll data revealed that 34 percent of voters agree with that statement, including 14 percent who strongly agree. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disagree with Greene’s call for a “national divorce,” including 14 percent who strongly agree. Forty-seven percent of Republicans at least somewhat agree that red states and blue states “need a national divorce,” as do 26% of Democrats and 27% of voters not affiliated with either major party. 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.

Other notable findings from the poll revealed:

  • 41 percent blamed Democrats for dividing America.
  • 32 percent said Republicans are more to blame for dividing America.
  • 25 percent believe both parties are about equally to blame.
  • 29 percent of Democratic voters said their own party is more to blame for dividing America.
  • 15 percent of GOP Republican voters said their own party is to blame.
  • 34 percent of unaffiliated voters blame Democrats more for making America politically divided, while 33 percent blame Republicans and 27 percent think both parties are equally to blame.
  • 60 percent of Democrats rate Biden as doing a good or excellent job in terms of uniting the country, but just 12% of Republicans and 28% of unaffiliated voters agree. Seventy-seven (77%) percent of Republicans, 22% of Democrats and 53% of unaffiliated voters give Biden a poor rating on uniting Americans.
  • 40 percent of men think America needs a national divorce.
  • 27 percent of women think America needs a “national divorce.”
  • 51 percent of whites, 28 percent of blacks and 58 percent of other minorities rate Biden as doing a poor job of uniting the country.
  • 42 percent of whites, 36 percent of black voters and 41 percent of other minorities blame Democrats more for dividing the country, while 35 percent of whites, 29 percent of black voters and 24 percent of other minorities say Republicans are more to blame.
  • Black voters (38 percent) are more likely than whites or other minorities (both 33%) to at least somewhat agree with Greene’s call for a “national divorce” between red states and blue states.
  • A majority of voters 40 and older rate Biden as doing a poor job of uniting the country. Voters under 40 are more likely than their elders to agree that a “national divorce” is needed, while a majority of voters 65 and older Strongly Disagree with Greene’s idea.
Matt O'Hern
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