Poll: Most Trump supporters in Texas back secession if Clinton wins
August 17, 2016, 10:35 am
More than 3 in 5 of Donald Trump’s supporters in Texas say they would back secession if Hillary Clinton becomes 'president', according to a new poll.
Sixty-one percent of Texans backing Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, want out of the U.S. if Clinton, the Democratic nominee, wins, according to the Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Tuesday.
Twenty-nine percent of Trump’s supporters in Texas, meanwhile, favor their state staying in the union, even if the billionaire loses this November.
Among Trump supporters, 37 percent support Texas secession, while 49 percent oppose.
Overall, Tuesday’s results also found that 26 percent of voters in Texas would back the Lone Star State’s independence. Fifty-nine percent want to stay in the U.S., with 15 percent unsure.
Among Texans who oppose leaving the U.S., Clinton leads Trump, 54 percent to 41 percent.
Trump takes the lead with voters who favor secession, however, grabbing 72 percent to Clinton’s 20 percent.
The poll also shows some troubling signs for Trump in the longtime Republican state. The poll found him leading Clinton by only 6 points, 44 percent to 38 percent, among all Texas voters.
The liberal-leaning PPP conducted its latest poll of 944 likely voters in Texas via online and telephone interviews from Aug. 12 to 14. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.
A number of polls have shown Clinton pulling ahead nationwide and in swing states.
Trump has also shown underwhelming results in traditional GOP strongholds such as Texas, which has voted Republican in the last nine presidential elections.
Democrats hope the rising Hispanic population in Texas will help them eventually turn the state blue.