Immediately following this statement, several polls surveyed this sentiment among Texans. Two days after Perry's statement, Rasumussen released a poll stating that 75% of Texans would not vote to secede, 18% would vote to secede, and 7% unsure.
Perry told reporters following his speech that Texans might get so frustrated with the government they would want to secede from the union.
"There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that."
Today, the Daily Kos/Research 2000 released their poll. The poll asked two questions on the issue. First, would Texas be better off being an independent nation or as part of the United States of America. To this question, 61% of Texans thought that Texas should remain with the US, and 35% thought Texas would be better off as an independent nation. What is absolutely striking is that Republicans were split evenly on this poll: 48% with the US, 48% as independent nation. Second, when asked if they approved or disapproved of Gov. Perry's statements on possible secession, 58% disapproved and 37% approved. Among Republicans, 44% disapproved and 51% approved. More Republicans than not approved of Perry's secessionist comments.
I lived in Dallas for almost two years, and I quickly realized the immanent pride Texans had for their state, more palpable than anywhere else I have lived. But, to actually vote to secede? In the 21st century? Really? I know this is a poll, but still.