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UPDATED: 3 in 5 Trump-supporting Texans think their state should secede under President Hillary Clinton

Meanwhile, only 1 in 4 would still wish to secede in the event of a Trump presidency, PPP poll finds


Brendan Gauthier
August 17, 2016 9:28PM (UTC)

Public Policy Polling results released Tuesday reveal three out of every five Texans who support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump wants the state to secede from the United States should Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton become president.

The poll found "only one out of four Texans support seceding from America generally. But when faced with the possibility of a President Hillary Clinton, a majority of Texans said they'd rather leave."

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Secession was ruled illegal in the 1869 Supreme Court case, Texas v. White, but the Texas Nationalist Movement — a secessionist (#Texit) advocacy group — has gained minor legislative momentum this year.

The PPP poll also showed GOP nominee Donald Trump (44%) leading Clinton (38%) in the historically deep-red state.

"Older voters are overwhelmingly responsible for the Republican advantage in Texas," the poll's accompanying write-up notes. "And generational change is likely to help Democrats become more competitive."

Among voters under 45, Clinton clobbers Trump (60% to 35%) in a head-to-head race.

(h/t The Houston Chronicle)

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said 3 in 5 Texans support secession in the event of a Hillary Clinton presidency. The actual statistic is: 3 in 5 Trump voters in Texas support secession ...

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Brendan Gauthier

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