Ah, Jefferson – we hardly knew ye.
Only one in four California voters support Siskiyou and Modoc counties’ calls to secede from the state, and join with other California and Oregon counties to form a new, 51st state called Jefferson, the Field Poll finds; 59 percent disapprove.
The idea of designating these counties as a special territory technically still within the existing states also met with a chilly 27 percent approval and 58 percent disapproval.
Opposition to both proposals is bipartisan, with majorities of Democrats, Republicans and nonpartisans disapproving. The poll found slightly greater support for the proposals in inland counties and parts of Northern California outside the Bay Area and Central Valley, yet even in these areas, more disapprove than approve.
With secession requiring approval of both houses of the state Legislature as well as Congress, it surely seems the northern folk can kiss this dream goodbye.
Designating the counties as a special territory called “Jefferson Republic” wouldn’t require these legislative approvals, and could be granted if voters in the affected counties opt to do so. Petitions to that effect already are circulating up there.
The Field Poll surveyed 1,002 registered California voters from Nov. 14 through Dec. 5; the overall poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.