More Californians than ever want to secede from US

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More Californians are now hoping their state secedes from the United States, a new poll shows.

About 32 percent of Californians want to create their own country, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found, including many Democrats who are frustrated with the election of President Trump. Pollsters surveyed 500 Californians between Dec. 6 and Jan. 19.

Nationally, 22 percent of respondents favor secession, they found.

The movement — dubbed “Calexit” — began after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

A group of liberal Californians formed the Yes California Independence campaign with the hopes of getting a secession initiative on the state’s 2018 ballot.

When a similar poll was conducted in 2014, about 20 percent of Californians supported secession. 

California now has a strong Democratic majority in its state legislature. Democrat Hillary Clinton handily won the state in November.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has also vowed to fight Trump on the president’s policies, including climate change.

{mosads}”We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight,” Brown said in a December speech. 

He also threatened that California would “launch its own damn satellite” if the Trump administration eliminates NASA’s Earth science programs, which gather information on climate change.

“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” Brown added.

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