Oklahoman: One in four Oklahoma voters would vote to secede if Clinton were elected, poll finds
By Silas Allen, The Oklahoman
Just months after voters in the United Kingdom approved the so-called Brexit proposal, a growing number of Oklahomans want to stage their own Oklahexit, a new poll shows.
About one in four Oklahoma likely voters, including about two in five supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, would want the state and Texas to secede from the Union if Hillary Clinton were elected president, the poll shows.
Supporters acknowledge the possibility of breaking with the United States is remote, but say they're concerned about the direction the country is headed.
“I used to be an optimist. But that's changed," said Rick Larson, of Lawton. "I'm a realist now.”
Larson, 53, said he thinks a Clinton administration would be an extension of federal policies he thinks are damaging the country, including increased gun control and "redistribution of wealth."
Although he thinks Oklahoma and Texas could stand on their own as a single, separate nation, he doesn't think they'd be alone.
“If that ball started rolling, I think there would be other states that would follow along," he said.
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[box] If Texas were to vote in favor of secession from the United States, would you vote for or against Oklahoma secession if a secession state question was placed on the ballot?
1. For25.92. Against57.33. Don't know/refused [DNR]16.8
About the Poll
SoonerPoll.com, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, asked these questions of Oklahoma likely voters as part of the SoonerPoll Quarterly Poll.
The scientific study was conducted from September 13-15, 2016 with 515 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from a tri-frame of both landline telephone and cell phones, plus a online panel from Research Now. The sample was weighted by age, political party, and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a general election. The weighting was conducted using a 'layered technique.'
The sample reflects the traditional demographical profile of the Oklahoma likely voter with roughly half of respondents identifying as conservative and attending religious services once or more per week. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ± 4.32 percent.
This poll not only conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls but exceeds the standard disclosure with a Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.
The poll's Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report can be viewed here. A beta version of the Weighting Table Report can be viewed here.