SECESSION ATTITUDES IN GEORGIA…. A couple of weeks ago, there were some disturbing poll numbers out of Texas relating to secession. A Rasmussen poll found that 18% of Texans were willing to admit that they liked the idea of breaking off from the United States. A related poll from Research 2000/DailyKos found 48% of Texas Republicans approving of the idea.

But how about other Southern states? A new Research 2000/DailyKos poll found surprisingly (and depressingly) high support for the idea in Georgia.

Note to the teabaggers: two-thirds of Republicans in one of the more conservative states in the nation love their country and don’t want to secede.

This, of course, means that about a third of Georgia Republicans do want out of America, but you can’t have everything.

Specifically, the pollster asked respondents in Georgia, “Do you think Georgia would be better off as an independent nation or as part of the United States of America?” About a third (35%) of Georgians overall expressed their support for “independent nation.” Among Republicans in Georgia, the number was even higher, 43%.

The pollster also asked a similar question using different wording: “Would you approve or disapprove of Georgia leaving the United States?” This time, 18% of respondents in Georgia backed secession, including 32% of Republicans.

So, Georgia hasn’t quite reached Texas-like levels, but it’s in the ballpark. And with some Republicans in the state legislature stoking the secession fires, the numbers might still go up.

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