This kind of story is tiresome.
The Drudge Report banner headline on Friday morning reads, "Poll: 75% of Texans would vote to stay in USA." What's troubling is not that 75 percent of those polled by Rasmussen Reports would vote to remain in the United States; what's troubling is that 18 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer that Texas secede.
People say a lot of inexplicable things in response to polls. 25% of people say animals deserve the same rights as humans; the percentage of people who say they go to church weekly bears no relationship to the percentage of people actually in church weekly. Is it really shocking that a certain percentage of people vent about things like this, especially in polls? Consider these results from old Daily Kos polls...
- If you were President, and the South seceded, you would ... Accept the move... - 66%
- Would we have been better off if ... the South had seceded? Yes - 78%
- In an enlightened act of self interest, the Blue states should ... Secede - 67%
- If America continues on the march to Republicanism, California should ... Secede from the nation! - 94%
- If there were a movement to secede, would you join? ... Yes - 66%
- What Do You Think of a 'Liberal Exodus'? ... I like secession as an option, so let's pick a state to move to. - 61%
Of course, those mean nothing more than "people like to express a sense of frustration at, and independence from, the federal government." And that's generally healthy. In fact, it was built into our Bill of Rights. Everybody gets frustrated when their side is losing; and, as we see lately, the winners often turn into concern trolls. Don't take them too seriously.