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Californians' support for a breakaway California republic has increased, one poll has found.
One-third of state residents support peacefully seceding from the United States, up from 20% since Californians were last asked the same question in 2014, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The poll's margin of error for the California answers was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Still, half of Californians opposed the idea of succession, though Democrats were more inclined to support it than Republicans. The survey found that 60% of Republicans gave the idea of peacefully seceding a thumbs down compared with 48% of Democrats and 50% of independents.
Nationally, 22% of those polled supported having their state break away from the U.S., according to the survey.
A "Calexit” campaign already is underway to make California an independent nation. The effort faces extremely long odds.
The poll surveyed 14,000 adults nationwide, and 500 in California, from Dec. 6 to Jan. 19.