Secession movement in Texas may gain momentum if Clinton elected

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of Texas voters released Tuesday shows that 61 percent of Donald Trump supporters in the Lone Star State favor secession if Hillary Clinton is elected to the White House in November.

Overall, PPP found Trump leading Clinton by only six points state-wide, 50 to 44 percent, with a remarkable 30 point lead with likely voters over the age of 65. Conversely, the Republican nominee trails among state voters under 65 by four points, 49-45 percent.

PPP is considered a liberal-leaning political survey organization that tends to ask interesting, topical and sometimes goofy questions of respondents, such as throwing in fictional presidential candidates as a choice for voters.

Tuesday’s poll also found that 40 percent of all Texas voters would support secession from the Union if Clinton won the election.

“So it’s sort of like eight years of Obama, add on another four years of Hillary Clinton, 12 years of these Democratic presidents that they don’t like has some of these folks just saying we wish we could just leave,” PPP director Tom Jensen told TWC News-Austin. “Texas is unique from other states in that there aren’t other states where there are so many voters who wish their state was a country.”

Semi-serious talk of secession in the Lone Star State has heated up in the last few years, as a proposal by the Texas Nationalist Movement calling for withdrawal was officially endorsed by the state’s Republican Party in May. 

In January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot also called for a Convention of the States to amend the U.S. Constitution and institute provisions that would prevent federal overreach from Washington.

While the act of Texas actually seceding is still a long-shot, so are Hillary Clinton’s chances of making the presidential election a close vote in the Southern Plains state. A KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies poll released Aug. 11 found Trump leading by 11 points among likely Texas voters, 46-35 percent.

PPP’s poll, conducted Aug. 12-14 among 944 respondents, also found low enthusiasm for third-party presidential candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, both receiving only a combined eight percent of support.

 

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