Exactly half of Louisianians want Louisiana to “peacefully become an independent country, along with other conservative states,” according to a poll by SurveyUSA, a top-rated pollster. 58% of Louisiana Republicans and 41% of Louisiana Democrats agreed. The poll of 625 Louisianians was supported by similar polls of seven other states.
Other states were not as sure, except Texas, where 66% of voters expressed that opinion. This week, the Republican Party of Texas announced that 90% of its delegates voted to make an independence referendum a part of the Party’s platform.
As for how to respond if Texas, California, or Hawaii voted to become independent countries, eight states, except the states in question, were asked. Only 3 to 9 percent of any state think a military attack should be considered for any of these three states. 6% of Louisianians think the US should attack Texas if it becomes independent. Averaging the 8 states, 56% think California and Texas should be allowed independence without penalty, and 59% said the same for Hawaii. The remaining 35% to 38% think that economic sanctions are the strongest penalty that should be considered.
58% of Louisiana voters who expressed an opinion want Louisiana to hold a referendum on separating from the US, including most Republicans and most Democrats. The idea of Congress splitting the US into two countries – one country of conservative states, and one country of liberal states – was supported by 55% of Louisiana Republicans who expressed an opinion.
State Defense Forces
Louisianians were asked this question:
Some states have a state defense force that answers to the governor, not to the president. It serves the state’s needs even when the president sends the state’s National Guard elsewhere. Do you support or oppose the idea of your state imitating Utah’s new law that allows that state’s National Guard to transfer equipment to the state defense force?
Of those who expressed an opinion, 63% were in favor, including 71% of Republicans and 58% of Democrats.
State Cooperation with Federal Law
Six states were asked this question:
The North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to create a process for the state legislature to forbid state government or local government cooperation with federal actions that violate the US Constitution. Would you support or oppose a law like this for your state?
66% of Louisianians who expressed an opinion supported the idea, as did 75% of Republicans and 53% of Democrats.
Yes, States Can Withdraw from the US
The Civil War showed that states can be conquered, but this poll shows that modern Americans are much more respectful of self-determination than their ancestors.
Unfortunately, legacy newsrooms have been depleted to the point that they don’t know who to ask about the constitutionality of withdrawing from the Union. The most dependable information comes from experts who have done the most research on the issue. Read the best experts in a passage from a book by Daniel Miller, an article in The American Conservative, and another article.