As political battles rage across the U.S., largely due to cultural war issues like gender theory and critical race theory, more than a third of Americans say they support the idea of a “national divorce.”
In a recent survey, Rasmussen Reports posed a question to respondents that U.S congressional Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) suggested in a post on Twitter: “We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government.”
Thirty-four percent of voters agree with the statement, including 14 percent who “strongly agree,” Rasmussen found. Fifty-seven percent disagreed with the call for a national divorce, while 43 percent strongly disagreed.
Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) at least somewhat agree that red and blue states “need a national divorce,” while only 26 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independents agreed.
When asked which political party is more to blame for America’s political division, 41 percent blame Democrats, while 32 percent blame Republicans.
“Perhaps surprisingly, 29 percent of Democratic voters think their own party is more to blame for dividing America, compared to just 15 percent of GOP voters who say Republicans are more to blame,” Rasmussen notes.
“Sixty percent of Republicans blame Democrats for dividing the country, compared to 46 percent of Democrats who say Republicans are more to blame. Among unaffiliated voters, 34 percent blame Democrats more for making America politically divided, 33 percent blame Republicans and 27 percent think both parties are equally to blame,” the report added.
In an interview following her statement, Greene told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “The last thing I ever want to see in America is a civil war.”
She added, “No one wants that — at least everyone I know would never want that — but it’s going that direction, and we have to do something about it.”
The idea of a national divorce did not just recently emerge. A separate 2021 survey from the University of Virginia Center for Politics and Project Home Fire found that the idea of splitting the country was supported by 41 percent of Biden voters and 52 percent of Trump voters.