A few additional ruminations regarding political dissolution:
– What accounts for the exceptionally low level of support for political dissolution among Jews?
The first thing that comes to mind is that a national breakup means the end of America’s global military hegemony. Many AIPAC members will be out of a job and the American wars for Israel will be over.
Or maybe a lot of Jews, as difficult as their neuroticism makes it for gentiles to pick up on, really do appreciate the US for being the best country in the history of the world to be a Jew in.
Or it could be the SWPL simulacrum effect–the tendency for American Jews to be especially liberal white liberals. Jewish support for peaceful secession is at 17.0%, but support among college-educated non-Jewish white liberals making at least $100,000 a year is only modestly higher at 23.4%.
– Much speculation on how political separation might play out assumes the Southwest will take a leading role in dissolution, and with good reason. Reuters-Ipsos groups states into eight geographical regions that are similar to the nine divisions the US Census employs:
The West Coast and the Southwest are the most supportive of secession. The Mountain States and the Southeast are modestly less so. The Plains, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and New England are the least supportive.
Z-Man often points out that for nearly all of the US’ history the country has been ruled by Yankees. In Albion’s Seed terms, the Puritans and the Midlanders want to hold the country together. The Cavaliers, the Borderlanders, and non-whites are more open to separation.
– In the previous post it was noted that support for secession did not track partisan affiliation, with a nearly identical 28.3% of Republicans and 28.5% of Democrats in support. The poll’s first wave occurred in 2014 while the second wave picked up in 2016 and ended in January of 2017. Though partisanship isn’t an especially large factor in predicting support for secession, when the ‘other side’ has the presidency, support tends to increase.
Support for secession, by partisan affiliation, during a portion of Obama’s second term and after Trump won the 2016 election through his inauguration: