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Rasmussen Reports swiftly polled the matter and found that 75% of Texas voters oppose secession. But, I'm burying the lede. The real news is that 18% of Texas voters favor secession (the remaining 7% are undecided).
How much is 18%? Turnout guru Michael McDonald reports that Texas had 13,575,062 registered voters in November. Eighteen percent of that number is 2,443,511. Maybe some of the poll respondents just thought it was funny to say they favored secession, but clearly there are hundreds of thousands of secession supporters in Texas. Seven percent, by the way, translates into another 950,254 being undecided.
I still don't think that Perry did himself any political favors with this incident. Nonetheless, ahead of his primary with Kay Bailey Hutchison, he probably endeared himself to a relatively small segment of the electorate.
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